GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - Minnesota schools may be starting to chip away at a problem that has persisted for years, the achievement gap.
The nation's newest report card finds this year's Minnesota 4th grade math scores show African American students were the fourth best in the country.
Just two years ago, those students were ranked 22nd in math, fairing even worse in reading.
8th graders in the state ranked high, but showed little improvement.
The achievement gap in reading is the 7th largest in the nation, and the fourth largest in math.
Education Minnesota president, Denise Specht, visited KARE 11 Sunrise to talk about the latest report.