National standardized test scores show a persistent achievement gap in math and reading between students in Native American schools and their peers, an Education Department report found. More than a third of Native American students fall short of meeting basic proficiency levels in reading and math. The scores -- which have remained flat since 2005 -- may be attributable to high levels of poverty, less access to resources, and the difficulty of recruiting and retaining qualified teachers to work in Native American schools, researchers said.

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