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Task force aims to find reasons for white, minority student performance gaps

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A new state task force will try to figure out why Wisconsin has the some of the nation's largest performance gaps between white and minority school students.

It's been a problem for years. In the recent National Assessment of Education Progress, the gap between black and white youngsters in the Milwaukee region was the largest in the country in every testing category.

The same gap occurred between whites and Hispanics in fourth-grade math.

State Superintendent Tony Evers has named Mequon-Thiensville administrator Demond Means to head the task force, and come up with possible solutions. He and 16 other educators from all types of schools will look for successful practices to reduce the performance gap.

Means has been talking with Milwaukee area school groups about the issue. He says the group will try to address racial and ethnic performance concerns statewide, examining Hmong and Indian populations.

Evers said his agency has never brought together a group of practitioners to look at the issue. The panel will hold its first meeting a week from Wednesday in Madison.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)