Oklahoma Watch analyzed 2012 state reading-test scores and found that elementary schools with higher percentages of low-income students – those on free or reduced-price lunch – had higher shares of third graders scoring below proficient.
Elementary school groups Percent of 3rd graders
scoring below proficient
Schools 75-100% low-income 38%
Schools 50-74.9% low-income 26%
Schools 25-49.9% low-income 19%
Schools 0-24.9% low-income 12%
Source: Oklahoma Department of Education data.