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Black-White Test Score Gap in First Two Years

Using the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Roland G. Fryer Jr. and Steven D. Levitt demonstrate that in stark contrast to earlier studies, the black-white test score gap among incoming kindergartners disappears after the authors account for a small number of characteristics. Over the first two years of school, however,  blacks lose substantial ground relative to other races. There is suggestive evidence that differences in school quality may be an important part of the explanation