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Black student learning gaps evident in 2nd grade

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A study shows black students in Los Angeles County public schools have learning difficulties by second grade and those education gaps widen with age, leading to the highest dropout rates among all races.

The Oakland-based nonprofit Education Trust-West report also says African American students are far less likely to take college prep classes and they are more likely to miss school because of suspensions.

The group calls for strong intervention.

The Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/Wo40X2) says the study show one in 20 black kindergartners will graduate from a four-year California university if current trends continue.

The study is based on academic achievement, suspensions and the psychological conditions of 135,000 black students in 81 public school districts in Los Angeles County.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com

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