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Reading scores of black Wis. students worst in US

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- A U.S. Education Department report has disappointing results for Wisconsin.

The report released Tuesday compares the performance of white students to those of black and other minority students.

It finds that black Wisconsin students in fourth and eighth grades had the nation's lowest reading scores and among its worst math scores. White students in those grades scored around the national average.

The gap between white and black students in Wisconsin is one of the worst in the U.S.

Patrick Gasper is a spokesman for Wisconsin's Department of Public Instruction. He says the report lists 2007 numbers, but 2008-'09 state tests showed the gap between white and black math students narrowing by 5.5 percent. Still, he calls Tuesday's numbers "disheartening."

Online Reporter: Kelsi Schindler

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