Annual Report Shows Achievement Gap Closing in Pittsburgh, But Long Road Ahead

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

More students in the Pittsburgh Public Schools scored in the proficient or advanced ranges for reading and math in the 2010-2011 school year than did four years ago. That’s according to the seventh annual Report to the Community on Public School Progress in Pittsburgh, released by A+ Schools, an education advocacy group.

The report shows the achievement gap between black and white students continuing to close. It’s at its lowest point in four years: 30.6 percent in reading and 27.2 percent in math.

“Both black and white students are moving ahead, but our black students are moving ahead faster. Neither group is moving behind, which is exactly what needs to happen if we’re going to close the gap,” said Carey Harris, executive director of A+ Schools.

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