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Analysis: Racial Gap Persists on Ohio State Tests

A newspaper analysis finds the gap between black and white students' scores on Ohio's standardized exams persists even when economic advantages are considered.

The Columbus Dispatch review published Sunday found the scores of black students from affluent families and highly rated schools still lag far behind those of their white peers.

The newspaper analyzed data from more than two dozen state tests given last year to kindergarten through high school students. It found the average passage rate was 64 percent among black students, and 87 percent among white students.

Experts suggest the finding shows even well-off black students aren't given the same shot at advanced classes and experienced teachers that white students are.

The finding comes as Ohio's new A-F report cards place added pressure on closing testing gaps.