School administrators in Jefferson County are touting the apparent success of a program designed to boost poor reading and math scores.  Double dosing gives struggling students extra time in the classroom.

Over the last three years Madras High School has managed to double the percentage of students meeting math proficiency standards from 26 percent to 56 percent. 

Improvements in reading have gotten an even larger boost, moving from 26 percent passing, all the way up to 76 percent.

Rick Molitor is the superintendent of Jefferson County Schools.

He says students who don't meet the benchmarks are required to double up in that area that's difficult for them.

"And if it's an example of a 9th grade freshman coming into the high school that's below level in reading, instead of taking an elective class they'll take an additional literacy reading class that will better prepare them to meet the state standards."

Molitor says double dosing does require more resources.  The program is currently funded though a $3.7 million federal grant.

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