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Bartman says preschool education would help test scores

December 9, 1999
By: Aaron Cummins
State Capital Bureau

The state's top education official says pre-kindergarten education is the solution for lower test scores by blacks. Aaron Cummins has more from Jefferson City--

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Black students scored lower than every other ethnic group in each Missouri Assessment Program test this year.

Education Commissioner Bob Bartman says a key reason for that is lack of education before kindergarten.

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Contents: Bartman says the experiences kids have prior to age 6 have the biggest impact on whether they succeed in school.

Bartman says he will continue urging parents to get involved in educating their children before they start school. From the capitol, Aaron Cummins reporting.


A top education official says school districts must play a leading role in closing the gap between the test scores of black students and other students. Aaron Cummins has the story from Jefferson City--

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Blacks had the lowest average score of any ethnic group on all tests of this year's Missouri Assessment Program.

Missouri Education Commissioner Bob Bartman says districts need to provide the foundation for better achievement.

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Contents: Bartman says school districts in high-poverty and minority areas must provide quality preschool programs.

Bartman says this would lead to an increase in standardized test scores across the board. From the capitol, Aaron Cummins reporting.


Missouri's top education official says improving students attitudes would help bridge the gap between the test scores of blacks and other students. Aaron Cummins has more from Jefferson City--

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Education Commissioner Robert Bartman says in his talks with black students he found some students didn't expect to do well.

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Contents: Bartman says a uniformly high expectation level coupled with the right curriculum would allow all students to perform well.

Bartman says that universal expectations would close the gap in test scores.

Black students averaged lower scores than every other ethnic group on each of this year's Missouri Assessment Program tests. From the capitol, Aaron Cummins reporting.