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Achievement Gaps

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Achievement gaps occur when one group of students outperforms another group and the difference in average scores for the two groups is statistically significant (that is, larger than the margin of error). The NAEP reports on the Hispanic-White achievement gap and the Black-White achievement gap use NAEP scores in mathematics and reading for these groups to illuminate patterns and changes in these gaps over time.

Hispanic-White Achievement Gap Performance

Cover of White-Hispanic Achievement Gap Report

Browse the executive summary of the report.View highlights (1.7 MB) of the findings.Download the full report  (7.7 MB) to find out more about score gaps over time in the nation and states.

Black-White Achievement Gap Performance

Cover of the White-Black Achievement Gap Report

Browse the executive summary of the report. View highlights   (1.0 MB) of the findings. Download the full report ​​(1.0 MB) to find out more about score gaps in the nation and states.

Resources for Exploring Achievement Gaps

Read a brief description of how gaps can change over time to help you understand the gap analyses presented in the reports.Read frequently asked questions for each of the achievement gap reports: 
Hispanic-White report FAQs Black-White report FAQs  
Explore the achievement gaps in other subjects and in the context of many different student factors, including race/ethnicity, courses taken, school location, and more with the NAEP Data Explorer.Find out more about the achievement gaps in your state compared to others with the NAEP State Comparisons tool.Read a statement from Jack Buckley, Commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics, and view a PowerPoint presentation about the findings of the Hispanic-White Achievement Gaps report.Read the press release about the results of the Hispanic-White Achievement Gaps report.
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Last updated 30 January 2014 (TO)
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