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Latest MCAS results reflect gains

Sophomores gain; minorities’ gap narrows

Nearly 90 percent of high school sophomores in Massachusetts earned a proficient rating in English on the latest round of the MCAS tests, the highest tally to date, while scores in lower grades fell or showed minimal improvement.

Behind the gains were sharp increases among African­American and Latino students, narrowing persistent achievement gaps with suburban white students.

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