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Hillsborough Hispanic FCAT Scores Lagging Behind Scores of Peers Statewide

TAMPA — They are the largest minority group in the Hillsborough schools.

They are descendants of Cuban settlers, children of South American construction workers and farm laborers in Ruskin and Plant City.

And, on average, their Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test scores need help.

An analysis by The St. Petersburg Times shows Hillsborough Hispanic students are scoring worse than their counterparts across the state. By one measure, that gap has been widening for a decade.