Report highlights large achievement gap facing black males

The achievement gap between black male students and their white peers is worse than expected, according to a report that shows 12% of black fourth-grade boys are proficient in reading -- compared with 38% of white fourth-grade boys. Data from the National Assessment for Educational Progress also show that 12% of black eighth-grade male students are proficient in math, compared to 44% of their white peers. Experts say the data show there is little connection between poverty and the achievement gap, leading some to consider differences in what students from different racial groups experience at a young age.

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