MADISON (WKOW) -- Reading scores among fourth and eighth grade students held steady last year, in Wisconsin and across the nation but there is concern about the wide achievement gap between white and black students.
The results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress were released Wednesday.
Wisconsin fourth graders scored 220, which was the same as the national average and not significantly different from the 2007 score of 223.
Wisconsin eighth graders scored 266, above the national average of 262 and again, not significantly different from 2007.
There remains a wide achievement gap between black and white students in Wisconsin. Black students on average scored 35 points less than their white peers in fourth grade, and 33 points lower in eighth grade.
Average scores for fourth-grade students declined in four states: Alaska, Iowa, New Mexico and Wyoming.