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Natchez alternative school showing improvement

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NATCHEZ, Miss. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - The company that partnered with the Natchez-Adams School District and took over the Central Alternative School this school year is reporting an increase in student performance in reading and math.

The district approved a contract in late May to outsource the operation of the school to Ombudsman Educational Services.

As of January, 74 students were enrolled in the program.

Results of Standardized Testing and Reporting assessments at the school showed the standard score on reading tests increased 24 points, from 453 to 477.

The scores increased by four points on the math assessments, from 658 to 662.

On the reading tests, seventh-grade students showed the most improvement with those students showing a .8 percent grade level increase growth from 4.3 to 5.1.

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