The White House’s Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics recently recognized the Head Start program at Fowler Elementary School District for making notable progress in Hispanic educational achievement.
The announcement was made by Alejandra Ceja, Executive Director of the initiative on September 15, 2015 at the launch of Hispanic Heritage Month and in honor of the Initiative’s 25th anniversary in Washington, D.C.
“There has been notable progress in Hispanic educational achievement, and it is due to the efforts of these Bright Spots in Hispanic Education, programs and organizations working throughout the country to help Hispanic students reach their full potential,” said Ceja.
The Initiative seeks to highlight Bright Spots to encourage stakeholders to focus on similar issues in sharing data-driven approaches, promising practices, peer advice and effective partnerships, resulting in increased support for the educational attainment of the Hispanic community, from cradle-to-career. Over 230 Bright Spots were selected by the Initiative.
The Fowler Head Start Program provides unique opportunities where preschoolers benefit from individualized educational opportunities. Head Start is inclusive of the family; parents are consistently invited to participate in the educational process in whatever manner they feel most comfortable. Children become proficient at building communities and enhancing their social skills through daily social interactions and exposure to the arts, music and visual.
Former Head Start students passed AIMS in Reading and Math at a rate of 6.6 percentage points higher than the average of the non-Head Start students during AIMS from years FY 2010 through FY 2014.
Head Start students passed FY 2010 through FY 2014 AIMS Reading by 5.7 percentage points more than non-Head Start students. (Head Start students = 74.6% average passing; non-Head Start students = 68.9%).
Head Start students passed FY 2010 through FY 2014 AIMS Math by 7.5 percentage points more than non-Head Start students. (Head Start students = 67.0% average passing; non-Head Start students = 59.5%).
Head Start students passed FY 2010 through FY 2014 AIMS, combined Reading and Math by 6.6 percentage points more than non-Head Start students. (Head Start students = 70.8% average passing; non-Head Start students = 64.2%).