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Results from a new statewide standardized test reveal a persistent racial achievement gap among Wisconsin public school students.

The Badger Exam tested students in grades three through eight in English language arts and math. The exam found about 44 percent of students scored as proficient or advanced in math and about 51 percent in English language arts.

A breakdown by race showed black students scoring far below white students in both areas, a gap that state education chief Tony Evers called "troubling."

The scores aren't comparable to previous years because the Badger Exam was new. And it's already being replaced next year by a different exam.

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