Expanding Racial Gap for High School Seniors on History Portions of the National Assessment of Educational Progress

Since 1994 black students at all grade levels have seen improvements in their scores on U.S. history tests used for the National Assessment of Educational Progress. But of particular concern is that between 2001 and 2006 the racial gap between black and white eighth- and twelfth-graders on the history test has expanded. For fourth-graders the gap between blacks and whites is larger than is the case for older students. But the racial gap for fourth-graders has remained the same since 2001.