Reading, math scores improve for Wisconsin students, gap persists

MADISON (AP) — Reading and math scores for most Wisconsin public school students are up.

But wide achievement gaps between white students and minorities persist.

Test results released Tuesday by the state Department of Public Instruction show that just under half of the state's students scored in the two highest ratings in math.

In reading, nearly 37 percent were in the two highest categories.

The scores were up slightly from five years ago when only about 47 percent of students were proficient or advanced in math and nearly 36 percent were in reading.

But only 18 percent of black students were in the highest two ranks in math and just 14 percent in reading. White students were 56 percent proficient or advanced in math and almost 43 percent were in reading.