National report finds achievement gap persists for Hispanic students

Although reading and math test scores have improved for Hispanic students and their white, non-Hispanic peers over the last two decades, the achievement gap between them remains substantially unchanged, a new national report says.

The study, based on National Assessment of Educational Progress test results from 1990 to 2009, looked at scores of 4th and 8th grade students in math and reading, Sarah Sparks reported at Education Week. It found, among other things, that the gap narrowed among more affluent students, as measured by eligibility for federal lunch subsidies.

While Connecticut schools reduced the gap between Hispanic and white students in mathematics in both grades, the disparity remained higher than the national average in 4th- and 8th-grade math and 4th-grade reading.