11/29/2005

Fewer eighth-grade black students in Michigan took algebra last year than white students, and those who did scored 50 points lower than did their white peers on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, reports a Michigan State University study. Study leader Sharif Shakrani calls the findings particularly dismaying, since students who take eighth-grade math are more likely to keep taking math throughout high school and complete college in four years.

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