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Celebrating the Achievements of Our Nation’s African-American Students

Milestones in education are among the many historical and cultural achievements to celebrate during Black History Month. America has come a long way since the Supreme Court unanimously ruled public school segregation unconstitutional in 1954, and the country’s African-American students continue to show they are closing the educational achievement gap.

“African Americans have played a central role in U.S. history,” said Patricia Levesque, CEO of the Foundation for Excellence in Education. “We are blessed in our diversity. When celebrating the contributions of African Americans, we should recognize the gains of our hardworking students and continue working to equip all children with the knowledge and skills they need for success, regardless of their zip code.”

African-American student achievement is especially evident in states like Florida, one of the nation’s most diverse, where students have closed the achievement gap with white students faster than the national average every year since 2003. From 2003 to 2011, the Nation’s Report Card – measuring fourth and eighth-grade reading and math – shows the largest combined achievement point gains for African-American students in states like Nevada (48 points), Rhode Island (46 points), Arkansas (43 points), Florida (42 points), and the District of Columbia (41 points). In fact, in D.C., where a third of students attend charter schools, African-American students scored about a grade level higher in 2011 than they did in 2003.

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