TULSA - An inner city school program new to north Tulsa helped improved students' test scores by nearly 20 percent in its first year of implementation, school officials said Monday.
The newly adopted Urban Education Program, a partnership between Northeastern State University and Anderson Elementary School, has contributed to rising reading levels as well, according to UEP leaders.
The program places NSU students in an instructor's role, giving the elementary students valuable classroom attention.
Anderson Elementary school principal Tracy Thompson says more teachers in the classroom gives teachers time to focus on larger groups while college students can focus one-on-one with the children.
"Its just really taught them, the kids, how to be students and stay engaged, even if an adult is not right there with them and the interns have been able to come in and help guide them through that process," Thompson said.
NSU hopes to expand the program to other low-income communities in the future.