RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A new report says there is a large income gap in the reading proficiency of Virginia's fourth-graders.
The report released Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation says Virginia is one of eight states with a family income-based gap of 34 percentage points or more between students' proficiency on the National Assessment of Educational Progress.
The report says about one in five poor students are proficient or better on a key fourth-grade reading assessment. More than half of the students in high-income areas are proficient or better.
Virginia Secretary of Education Anne Holton tells the Richmond Times-Dispatch that education officials must focus their attention on making sure the gains achieved by higher income students are shared across all income groups.