Minorities Lagging Behind In Math

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A new Nebraska state education report shows black and Hispanic public school students lagging behind Asians and whites in math.

The annual State of the Schools Report released Wednesday revealed that 20 percent of black 11th graders and 29 percent of Hispanic 11th graders met math proficiency standards. The report says 62 percent of white students and 63 percent of Asian students in those grades met the standards.

Nebraska Education Commissioner Roger Breed says the discrepancy may be a sign that schools need to introduce math concepts earlier, and increase their course offerings and expectations.

Breed says officials were disappointed with the math results, but pleased with the 85 percent overall graduation rate.

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