Tests show achievement gap lingers in California schools

08/19/2009 | San Francisco Chronicle

California's racial achievement gap didn't budge in 2009, although students did show a slight improvement overall on state assessment tests. Statewide, only 37% of black and Hispanic students demonstrated proficiency or better in English, lagging 31 percentage points behind white students. With the exception of special-education students and English-language learners, poor black students scored the lowest across the state.

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