“Virtually None” of Kansas Black 8th-grade boys read at advanced level

The Schott Foundation for Public Education has good news for Kansas, of sorts, when it comes to educating black children:

Black Male and White Male, non-Latino, students in Kansas in 2007/8 graduated at higher rates than the national averages for each, as they had in 2005/6. The racial gap is narrower in Kansas than the national average.

That’s the good news.

And then there’s some not-so-good news. By the foundation’s reckoning, the graduation rate for black boys in the state is only 60 percent, while for white boys it’s 85 percent.

Academic performance is another area of concern: “Virtually none of the state’s Black Male students read at the Advanced level in Grade 8.”

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