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Poor scores for nearly 16 percent of third graders

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LAWTON, Okla._Nearly 16 percent of Oklahoma third graders are in jeopardy of being held back next year due to low reading scores.

State education officials released figures Friday that show the students tested unsatisfactory on state reading tests. A little more than 18 percent of the third graders in Duncan scored unsatisfactory in Comanche that number jumped to more than 25 percent. While in Lawton, more than 14 percent of third graders had low reading scores, coming in below the state’s average of 16 percent.

"This is a tough new law to implement and I do see some changes in the horizon and again I am very proud of our staff and our students,” said Superintendent Dr. Tom Deighan. “The most important thing though is the handful of students that were not successful all of our resources and efforts are going into those students."

Officials said the students will have the opportunity to take the test again before the start of the next school year or some may qualify for an exemption.


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