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LOW SCORERS ON READING, MATH WILL GET EXTRA HELP

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Salt Lake elementary pupils who scored low in reading and math on their standardized achievement tests will soon be getting extra help.

The Salt Lake Board of Education has authorized a new $81,800 program that will put a tutoring program into 18 elementary schools that have a high concentration of students who scored low on the 1988 Stanford Achievement Test.The schools are Backman, Bennion, Edison, Emerson, Franklin, Guadalupe, Hawthorne, Jackson, Lincoln, Meadowlark, Mountain View, Newman, Nibley, Park, Parkview, Riley, Rose Park, Washington and Whittier.

Coordinator Ron Lamb said the program will tutor low-scoring students so they increase their math and reading performances and will help their parents become more effective in supporting their children in school.

Each of the 18 schools will have a paid, part-time coordinator of tutoring services, who will oversee the program in the school, and there will be a part-time district coordinator, who will coordinate the programs in the 18 schools.

The volunteer tutors will come from the district volunteer office, the University of Utah Bennion Center, school partners, secondary school students, school volunteers and parents.

Parent Diane Barlow said she wants all at-risk students involved in the program, not just those at particular schools.

"I think sometimes students in the high-achieving schools suffer greatly because they're low achievers. Whether a student is at-risk or gifted, he should have equal opportunity to participate," she said.

She said she wants the school district to notify all parents about the new program, perhaps through a newsletter, so they can move their children to a participating school if necessary.