Tulsa Public Schools says preliminary results from this year's third-grade reading tests show dramatic improvement over last year. They say 70 percent of their students will be promoted to the 4th grade.
Of more than 3,600 third-graders tested this year, about 1,100 scored "unsatisfactory."
TPS says that means 5 percent more students passed compared to last year.
In a statement, Superintendent Doctor Keith Ballard said: "This is proof positive that Tulsa Public Schools is closing the gap and that our literacy and reading remediation efforts are working.
This is a major step for TPS foundationally, and marks the beginning of a turnaround. "
Under state law, students scoring "unsatisfactory" are subject to repeating their grade if they don't qualify for an exemption.