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Latinos Struggle To Close Gap With Whites In California ACT Scores

A performance gap on the ACT college entrance exam persisted this year between California’s Latino and white high school students, according to new test results.

Educators and experts find this trend particularly concerning. They had hoped for better results from the relatively small segment of test takers who are largely a self-selected group of students who are motivated to get to college.

“I find it really disturbing,” said Mark Schneider, a vice president at American Institutes for Research who previously directed the federal government’s education research arm.

Across the country, the class of 2015 stagnated, with 40% of the 1.9 million test takers showing what the organization calls “strong readiness,” according to results released Wednesday.