SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah eighth-graders scored higher in National Assessment of Educational Progress reading tests in 2011 than counterparts in 20 other states.
But the Salt Lake Tribune reports the so-called nation's report card also shows Latino student reading scores in Utah averaged 24 points lower than white student scores in 2011.
The findings come while Utah ranks fourth-lowest nationally in graduation rates for Latinos, at 57 percent.
The state's overall graduation rate was 76 percent in 2010-11.
State Office of Education accountability chief John Jesse says that's not a new problem.
Utah Multicultural Affairs director Claudia Nakano is going to chair a state panel looking into ways to boost minority education.
NAEP exams are administered to a cross-section of Utah students.
They don't give specific results for schools or districts.