Lexington Middle School is making plans to improve low test scores. Fifty percent of students at LMS do not meet grade standards for math and reading.
The superintendent reports more than a third of those students are still learning English. To improve, students who do not meet current grade standards will take 94 minutes of reading and math a day instead of the normal 47 minutes.
It is important for schools to score well on state testing, because schools that consistently don't meet state standards risk losing federal funding.
“If we double our time we can get two years growth in a year's time, at least that's our hope at this point. We'll see materials and how students progress. I guess time will tell if we pull that off or not,” said Lexington Middle School Principal Scott West.
Parents do have the option to have their son or daughter only take one math or reading class.