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Arkansas Test Scores Show Gains for Minority Students

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Arkansas education officials said today that scores on state standardized tests show a narrowing of the achievement gap between white students and minorities for the second year in a row.

Benchmark results fall into four categories: below basic, basic, proficient and advanced.

Overall, benchmark exam scores generally improved over the past year.  The percentage of third-graders scoring proficient or advanced on math scores increased from 74 percent last year to 79 percent this year.  In third-grade literacy, the percentage increased from 59 percent last year to 64 percent this year.

The greatest increase was in fourth-graders scoring proficient or advanced in math, which increased from 65 percent last year to 74 percent this year. 

The only category that did not see an increase was seventh grade literacy, which remained constant at 57 percent.

The scores showed a narrowing of the achievement gap between white and minority students for the second year in a row.  The gap between the percentage scoring proficient and above narrowed on eight of the 12 tests between whites and blacks and seven of 12 tests between whites and Hispanics.

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