Local high schools in the Metco program are redoubling efforts to challenge and equip all students to achieve top MCAS scores, after recent test results showed African-American students persistently lagging behind their white classmates. In most districts west of Boston that participate in Metco, the vast majority of 10th graders of all races scored at least “proficient” on the MCAS exam. But a Globe review of last spring’s tests reveals a stark gap between students of different races scoring “advanced.”
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