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Data On Middle School Achievement Gap Provides Mixed Picture

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Center on Education Policy president Jack Jennings says the story for eighth graders in Maryland and Virginia is the same as it is across the country.

At the proficient level, we’ve seen a narrowing of the gap for African American students and Latino students and poor students. But, at the advanced level, he says another gap has emerged -- between white and Asian American students.

In many states the gap between white students and Asian American students is 10 to 15 points. The pattern we’re seeing in Virginia and Maryland is the same as what we’re seeing in other states.

Jennings says the data suggests that teachers should expand their efforts on narrowing the achievement gap to include the highest achieving students.

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