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Report: 75 Percent of Black Boys in Calif. Don’t Meet State Reading Requirements – The Root The most recent round of testing in the state of California has revealed a disturbing statistic: Three out of 4 black boys failed to meet the reading and writing requirements, and more than half of them scored in the lowest category on the English portion of the test.

CALmatters analyzed data obtained from the California Department of Education and found that not only are black boys trailing behind black girls, but there is a persistent gender gap in reading and writing scores that “stretches across ethnic groups.”

The state of California publishes separate figures on the performance of various ethnic and economic groups, but it does not make public a detailed breakdown of how girls and boys are performing within those groups because of the complexity, cost and time constraints involved in doing so.

African American Education, Education Reform, Black Education, African American News, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMN

African American Education, Education Reform, Black Education, African American News, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMN


CALmatters is a nonpartisan, nonprofit journalism venture committed to explaining how California’s state Capitol works and why it matters.

Environmental regulation, education, health care, criminal justice, economic inequality – the debates on these issues and others have a profound impact on the lives of 38 million Californians and beyond. Yet, mirroring trends across the country, there has been a significant decline in the number of journalists covering the Capitol in Sacramento. This has meant fewer eyes on decision makers, and a public that feels disconnected from its state government.

Our team of experienced journalists, with the time and resources to dig deep, is committed to meaningfully informing Californians about the players, politics, and interests that shape the issues that affect their lives. To ensure we reach many Californians, we work with more than 90 media organizations throughout the state that have long, deep relationships with their local audiences. (Website).