Kentucky: Jefferson County Public Schools missed nearly half of the two-year goals for closing achievement gaps by race, income and disability
Since 2002, each school in Kentucky has had to create plans and set goals for closing such academic performance gaps. In Jefferson County, the goals mirror those required by the federal No Child Left Behind law.
Overall, African Americans and low-income students increased reading and math achievement between 2004 and 2006, and special-education students did so in math.
But the gaps did not always shrink because other students also made gains.
The elementary academic indexes for black and white students, for example, both rose, leaving black students still about 19 points behind whites on a scale on which 100 is considered proficient.
The gap between low-income and other students shrank from 23 points to 21.
"We still have an achievement gap issue, especially with African Americans, ECE (special education) and English as a Second Language students," said Ken Draut, director of planning.
St. Paul also faces achievement disparities in its public schools