Low Income, Lower Scores

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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.