Scores show low-income children need more math help

Posted: Monday, November 06, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Test scores reveal that Anchorage children, particularly those in poorer neighborhoods, need help in math.

State tests given to third, sixth and eighth graders, and high school sophomores in March, reveal that children in wealthier parts of the city did better than those in low-income neighborhoods.

For example, at Goldenview Middle School where only 6 percent of the students qualify for low-income services, 63 percent of eighth-graders were rated as proficient or better in math. At Clark Middle School where 60 percent of students come from low-income families, just 22 percent of students reached the math standard.

The school-by-school results were released late last week.

In two years, high school students will have to pass the tests in reading, writing and math in order to graduate.

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