WASHINGTON (July 14, 2009)--An Education Department report released Tuesday finds that reading and math scores are rising for black students across the country, but not enough to close the gap between black students and their better-scoring white peers.
The gap in reading is especially dismal.
Only three states have managed to narrow the divide between black and white students in fourth grade, and no state has narrowed the gap in eighth grade.
Texas is one of only four states in which the eighth grade math scores for black students in public schools outpaced the gains by white children, according to the report.
The study also found that Texas was one of only 15 states to narrow the achievement gap in math between black and white fourth graders