School defies math odds

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PROVO, Utah (AP) -- Since 2004, students at a downtown Provo middle school have aced Utah's math test.

How did eighth-graders at Dixon Middle School do it?

Their success runs counter to studies finding kids from low-income families generally struggle with standardized tests.

Nearly 55 percent of Dixon students come from poor or low-income families, and a quarter are ethnic minorities.

Nonetheless, the eighth graders scored 24 points above the state average on standardized tests.

Dixon teachers say some of their secrets are grading students' notes and giving them periodic tests covering yearlong concepts. They also get together to compare test results and teaching methods.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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