Close the gap in student achievement between Blacks/Latinos and Whites?

Its a group work and my part is about defining the problem with evidence.I attached some articles about the issue of close the gap in student achievement between Blacks/Latinos and Whites in the US?
here is the instruction:

Students will be divided into groups and will write and present a policy paper (15-20 pages) on an issue of their choice. The format of the policy papers should follow the a?Steps in the Policy Analysis Processa? (Kraft, Table 4-1; pg. 101). Below is the basic format of the group paper

Statement of Problem
Students will define the problem and use evidence to show why it is a policy problem. Student will use outside research provide an overview of the problem and its effects.

the articles:

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