DES MOINES — Iowa Department of Education Director Jason Glass released a report today that calls for intensive help for students who perform poorly on standardized tests.

The goal is to close what’s called the achievement gap, which is the difference between different subgroups of school children, such as Asian and Hispanic students or students in poverty programs compared to those aren’t.

The 20-page report recommends student evaluation three times a year. Students scoring in the lowest 10 percent to 5 percent would receive additional help in small groups. Students scoring between 5 percent and 1 percent would receive one-on-one assistance.

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