Wide Gap Exists Between Educational Aspirations and Preparation for Hispanic Students

IOWA CITY, Iowa and WASHINGTON, D.C.—Although 83 percent of Hispanic students aspire to earn a postsecondary degree, just under a fourth are academically prepared to reach that goal, according to a new report released today by ACT andExcelencia in Education.

The joint report, The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2013: Hispanic Students, shows that 24 percent of ACT-tested Hispanic 2013 high school graduates in the United States met at least three of the four ACT College Readiness Benchmarks, which is lower than the 39 percent of all ACT-tested 2013 graduates who did so. Similarly, almost half—46 percent—of Hispanic students did not meet any of the four benchmarks, compared to 31 percent of all students.

These findings are particularly timely and relevant, as the number of Hispanics in the U.S. has grown dramatically in the past few years.

  • The U.S. Census Bureau estimates Hispanics represented 17 percent (53 million) of the U.S. population in 2012 and are projected to represent 31 percent of the population by 2060.
  • According to the U.S. Department of Education, more than 25 percent of all children under the age of five are Hispanic, and 23 percent of students enrolled in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade in public schools are Hispanic.
  • This increased representation is reflected in ACT test takers as well. Since 2009, the number of Hispanic students taking the ACT has nearly doubled, increasing by approximately 126,000 students.

“The data show that Hispanics must earn 5.5 million more degrees by 2020 for America to regain world leadership in college degree attainment,” said Deborah Santiago, Excelencia in Education’s COO and vice president for policy. “This report makes it clear that our education system must match the high aspirations Hispanic families have for their children with high quality K–12 programs that ensure career and college readiness.”

The comparatively lower rates of readiness are particularly concerning because Hispanic graduates take the ACT-recommended core curriculum at rates similar to that of all graduates (72 percent vs. 74 percent, respectively). The ACT-recommended core curriculum is defined as four years of English and three years each of mathematics, social studies, and science. ACT data suggest students who take this core curriculum are more likely to be ready for college coursework than those who do not.

“Through their course selection, most Hispanic students are following the recommended path to be prepared for postsecondary education,” said Scott Montgomery, ACT vice president of policy, advocacy and government relations. “But the gap between the classes they take and their actual preparation levels is still too wide. We urgently need to better understand the reasons behind this disconnect and work to implement additional strategies to help Hispanic students better prepare for life after high school.”

Compared to 71 percent of all students, only 62 percent of Hispanic graduates immediately enroll in some form of postsecondary education after high school. Furthermore, only 73 percent of Hispanic students who complete their first year of postsecondary education persist into the second year. Persistence into the second year of postsecondary enrollment is highly related to completing a 2-year or 4-year degree.

The ACT and Excelencia in Education report uses data from approximately 1.8 million ACT-tested high school graduates in the U.S. Of those, 259,741 (14 percent) identified themselves as being of Hispanic race/ethnicity. During ACT registration, students are asked to provide information about race/ethnicity, high school course-taking and postsecondary aspirations.

TheCondition of College & Career Readiness 2013: Hispanic Students report can be viewed and downloaded for free at:http://www.act.org/newsroom/data/2013/states/hispanic.html.

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ACT is a mission-driven, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people achieve education and workplace success. Headquartered in Iowa City, Iowa, ACT is trusted as the nation’s leader in college and career readiness, providing high-quality achievement assessments grounded in more than 50 years of research and experience. ACT offers a uniquely integrated set of solutions that help people succeed from elementary school through career, providing insights that unlock potential. To learn more about ACT, go to www.act.org.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2014, Excelencia in Education is a Washington, D.C.-based national non-profit organization whose mission is to accelerate Latino student success in higher education.  For more information, visitedexcelencia.org.



LearnFit™ Adjustable Standing Desk Supports Improved Health and Learning

Ergotron’s height adjustable desks engage students and create healthier classrooms


St. Paul, MN, June 12, 2014—Ergotron, a Nortek company (Nasdaq: NTK) and a leader in the sit-stand workplace revolution and connected classroom, is transforming classrooms into active learning environments with the LearnFit™ Standing Desk, Ergotron’s first adjustable desk for the education space. With the simple use of a hand lever, students can change the height of their desktops on-demand, so that they can work and collaborate in the most natural way possible.


“We know from existing research that standing can have a huge impact on health and productivity, but up until now Ergotron’s sit-stand products have focused on the needs of computer-based workers,” said Pete Segar, group president, display mount solutions for Nortek. “Corporate workers aren’t the only people stuck sitting in chairs all day. With LearnFit we can give students and teachers a tool to develop a dynamic and healthy learning environment, and early research studies using LearnFit are already showing dramatic results in learning, behavior and engagement.”


Standing more throughout the day increases blood circulation, burns more calories, and helps maintain muscle tone and insulin effectiveness. The LearnFit standing desk promotes good posture by giving students age 9 through adult the ability to easily self-adjust the desk up to 20” (50 cm) to their preferred height, utilizing Constant Force technology to make the adjustment effortless. The on demand adjustability meets the comfort and collaboration needs of students, without requiring any adjustments to be made by school staff.


The strong, durable work surface and smooth rolling dual casters are ideal for working and reconfiguring, which helps educators tailor their classrooms at any time based on what they are teaching. Units can be rolled together for small group breakouts and quickly returned to the full classroom configuration when done. The desk can be used with Ergotron’s Classroom Stool—a counter-height adjustable-leg seat—to preserve good sight lines when students are doing a mix of sitting and standing.


“Students who sit at traditional desks are hindered in both mind and body by a lack of physical activity,” said Carrie Schmitz, ergonomic & wellness research manager for Ergotron. “An abundance of research indicates that movement is integral to the development of the mind and therefore the learning process and that’s what our products aim to do – encourage healthy behavior and improve student learning.”


Ergotron’s LearnFit Adjustable Standing Desk and Classroom Stool will be on display at ISTE 2014 booth 3326, from June 28-July 1in Atlanta, GA, and will be available in mid-June for US MSRP $499 and $99, respectively, through Ergotron’s global distribution channels. Learn more about the research behind the standing movement at research.juststand.org. To learn more about Ergotron visit the company’s website, www.ergotron.com, or call 800.888.8458.


About Ergotron

Ergotron, Inc. is a global manufacturer of leading digital display mounting, furniture, and mobility products that have been improving the human interface with digital displays for over 30 years. This history of innovation and passion for differentiation is evidenced in over 70 patents and a growing portfolio of award winning brands—OmniMount®, LearnFit™, StyleView®, TeachWell®, WorkFit™ and Neo-Flex®—for computer monitors, notebooks, tablets, flat panel displays and TVs. Ergotron’s products incorporate patented CF lift and pivot motion technology to achieve less effort and more ergonomic motion for a healthier and more interactive user experience when viewing any digital display. Whether to enhance computing wellness or entertainment excitement, improve workplace productivity or create business process efficiencies, Ergotron’s products are positioning your digital world. Ergotron is headquartered in Saint Paul, Minnesota, with sales efforts in Phoenix, Amersfoort, London, Tokyo, and Singapore. Ergotron is a subsidiary of Nortek, Inc.(Nasdaq: NTK), a global, diversified company whose many market-leading brands deliver broad capabilities and a wide array of innovative, technology-driven products and solutions for lifestyle improvement at home and at work. Please visit www.nortekinc.com for more information.





June 17-18 Event: Exploring the Developments in K-12 Technology Leadership
Co-Sponsored by CoSN and the Texas K-12 CTO Council, Two-Day Clinic Will Feature Expert Insight from Across Ed Tech
Washington, DC (June 12, 2014) – On Tuesday, June 17, and Wednesday, June 18, at The University of Texas at Austin, CoSN (Consortium for School Networking) and the Texas K-12 Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Council will hold a CTO clinic on the latest and forthcoming developments in K-12 education technology.
Attendees will have an opportunity to hear from and network with other district technology leaders nationwide in a series of professional development workshops and a panel discussion.
CoSN’s CTO clinics are in-depth professional development events for district-level technology decision makers held in conjunction with CoSN state chapters nationwide.
Tuesday, June 17
10:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 18
7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
J.J. Pickle Research Campus
The University of Texas at Austin
Commons Center
10100 Burnet Road
Austin, TX 78758
Opening keynote remarks by:
  • Jim Stikeleather, Chief Innovation Officer, Dell Services
Panel discussion, featuring:
  • Denise Atkinson-Shorey, e-Luminosity and CoSN
  • Polly Gifford, EPS Inc. and CoSN
  • Don Shirley, Connected Texas
  • Katherine Messier, Mobile Beacon
  • Michael Flood, Kajeet
  • George Kanuck, Macheen
View the full agenda here.
Click here to register.
Interested press should contact Michael Kaplun at michaelkaplun@cosn.org.
The clinic’s tier one sponsors are: Arc Solutions, CDW.G, DELL, Gartner, Google, iBoss Security, identityAutomation, Jive Communication, Juniper Networks, Layer 3 Communications, Lightspeed Systems, Microsoft, Mitel, Presidio, Samsung, Schoolwires, TCG Group, Tools4Ever, Video Insights and Xirrus. The clinic’s tier two sponsors are: Absolute Software, AirWatch, DecisionEd Group, Delcom Group, Directron.com / Prime Systems, DocuNav Solutions, EST Group, GovConnection, Hayes Software, Ipswitch, iSphere, Kajeet, Lenovo, Lightspeed Technologies, Mobile Beacon, Neverware, Palo Alto Networks, Prologic Technology Systems, SHI Government Solutions, Solid Border, Solid IT Networks and United Private Network.
For more information about the clinic, please visit: www.cosn.org/events/2014-texas-cto-clinic.
About CoSN 
CoSN is the premier professional association for school system technology leaders. The mission of CoSN is to empower educational leaders to leverage technology to realize engaging learning environments. Visitwww.cosn.org or call 866-267-8747 to find out more about CoSN’s focus areasannual conference and eventsadvocacy and policymembership, and the CETL certification exam.