Average Mathematics Test Scores for 17-Year-Old White and Black Students
September 27, 2011
Rising educational attainment has helped raise living standards in the United States and is an important reason why, over most of the last century, each generation has done better than the last. Investments in education have traditionally helped to narrow the pay gaps between women and men, and between whites and minorities. The black-white skill gap declined for much of the twentieth century because of increased education access, but has stagnated since the 1980s.