MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — With many Minnesota kids heading back to school next week, the state received some good — and some troubling — news.

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While Minnesota led the nation in ACT test scores for the 8th straight year, there is a troubling achievement gap.

Only 16 percent of black students who took the test are considered “ready for college” compared to 61 percent of white students.

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St. Paul Superintendent of Schools Valeria Silva appeared on the 6 a.m. edition of WCCO Sunday morning to discuss a solution.

“We have to, as teachers, learn how our students learn better,” Silva said.

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Silva says the district is also offering mentor programs and before-and after-school tutoring. She says those initiatives, along with other programs will continue to help students.