Wisconsin graduation gap between white and black is largest in US

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MILWAUKEE — Data from the U.S. Department of Education shows Wisconsin’s gap in graduation rates between black and white students is the largest in the country.

The preliminary data released this week shows the gap widened slightly for the 2013-2014 school year. That’s the most recent year for which data is available.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the graduation rate for black students held steady at 66.1 percent, while the graduation rate for white students rose to 92.9 percent — widening the gap to more than 26.8 percentage points.

The National Center for Education Statistics is expected to release final graduation rate data in coming months.