Report Illustrates Differences Between Student Groups

A national study has found that the difference in achievement levels between various groups of students is narrowing between advantaged and disadvantaged students on state math and reading tests.

The study was conducted by the Washington-based Center on Education Policy and shows the achievement gaps for minority students have become less wide across all grade levels and subjects in 74 percent of cases between the years 2002 and 2008.

The report says that this is happening due to the accelerated achievement of low performing groups of students and not due to the slow progress of high achievers.

The CEP collected student performance data that was collected per theĀ  on the No Child Left Behind Act all across the United States. Bruce Fuller, professor of education at the University of California-Berkeley said that part of the progress is due to the proficiency expectations being too low for students.

He also said that the test results may be more responsible to improvements on low level skills and that data from the last National Assessment of Educational Progress study did not show any narrowing of the gaps between the years 2004 and 2008.

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