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Published April 09, 2013, 04:00 PM

Devils Lake Schools set eyes on achievement gap

The Devils Lake Public School District is reaching out to the Native American community to help close an achievement gap with other students. The school board discussed ways to help native students with a committee of teachers and parents of native american students.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

The Devils Lake Public School District is reaching out to the Native American community to help close an achievement gap with other students. The school board discussed ways to help native students with a committee of teachers and parents of native american students.

The achievement gap between native and non-native students isn't widening, but Devils Lake superintendent Scott Privratsky is worried the gap could grow larger if nothing is done. About 30 percent of students in Devils Lake schools are Native American. The Native American Education Advisory Committee met with the school board last night to discuss improving the educational experience for those students. The largest concern the committee has is over access to technology, which is becoming a larger and larger part of student life. Privratsy says there are native american students without access to computers at home, something which could further impact their education down the road.

PrivratskyDEVILS LAKE SUPERINTENDENT: "The gap has stayed pretty much the same over the last several years and I do believe that if we don't address the technology gap, or the digital gap, as it's sometimes called, I think that gap could widen."

The district says it's considering anything and everything to help improve education for native students in the district. A few measures are already in place, like the recent addition of a late bus for native students that participate in after school activities.

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