Students at poorest schools improve test scores

Thursday, December 16th 2004, 10:03 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A number of new programs and additional teachers are being credited with improved state test scores for low-income students.

Schools with almost 100% of students on free and reduced-price lunch programs had large numbers of students who scored satisfactory or above on state math and reading tests in the spring.

Administrators use the free- and reduced-lunch counts to determine a school's economic status.

Superintendent Bob Moore says some low-performing schools received extra math and reading teachers last year to help students improve scores. He says student-to-teacher ratios at those schools also were lowered.

Other areas contributing to improved test scores are the more than 1,800 tutors provided through the Oklahoma City Public Schools Foundation.