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July 23, 2014

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New report details racial gap among Nevada children

A new report shows white and Asian children in Nevada are far better positioned for success than the state's black and Latino children, although all groups fare worse than the national average.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation released its "Race for Results" report Tuesday. The survey uses a 1,000-point scale to measure a child's success from birth to adulthood.

Nevada's African American children earned 313 on the index, while Hispanics scored 339. White children scored 628 and Asian students scored 641.

Each score fell below the national average in its respective category.

Twelve indicators factor into the rating, including reading and math proficiency, high school graduation data, teen birthrates, employment prospects, family income and education levels, and neighborhood poverty levels.

The foundation appealed for urgent action to close the gap.

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