Wisconsin Black Students' Reading Scores Rank Low in U.S.

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- New national test results find black eighth-graders' reading scores in Wisconsin rank lowest in the U.S.

Results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress, known as the nation's report card, were released Thursday.

Black eighth-graders' reading scores in Wisconsin were the lowest of any state, with an average of 237, followed by Mississippi with 239 and Alabama with 241. The national average is 250.

The average reading score for black fourth-graders in Wisconsin was 193, second worst in the nation.

The achievement gap in Wisconsin between white and black students was the highest in the nation in both math and reading for fourth- and eighth-graders.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports overall, Wisconsin students continue to rank high in math but have shown little progress over the past four years.

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