Students participate during a math class at a Bolivarian school in Caracas, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2007. Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez threatened Sept. 17, 2007 to close or take over any private school that refuses to submit to the oversight of his socialist government as it develops a new curriculum and textbooks. (AP Photo/Leslie Mazoch)
Denver (AP) - Colorado is among four states where black eighth-grade students closed a gap in math test scores in the last two decades.
The U.S. Department of Education said in a report Tuesday that Colorado, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas were the only states where the math scores of black students grew faster than their white counterparts' scores since 1990.
Black students were 35 points behind white students in Colorado in 1990, but that narrowed to 24 points in 2007. Black students had a score of 272 in 2007, compared to 296 by white students on a 500-point test.
The test scores were part of the national assessment of education progress.
A fall report will compare test scores for Latino and white students.
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