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October 24, 2014, 3:35 pm
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High School Test Scores Show Overall Improvement, But Black Students Still Lag Behind

Newly-released scores from the Prairie State Achievement Exam show overall improvement in reading and math for 11th graders in District 186, but African-American students continue to trail behind their white peers, and their reading scores are declining.


Interim superintendent Bob Leming says one possible explanation for the lag is that the PSAE is a college-readiness exam with several components, including the ACT.  He says that students who have an individual education plan or who are in lower-track academic classes may be showing improvement in those classes, but are not getting the college preparatory material measured by the PSAE.


The three high school principals will appear at the next school board meeting in early November to discuss their strategies for improving the numbers.

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