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No student at school donated by James has passed state math test in nearly three years Principal: It will take time

No student at school donated by James has passed state math test in nearly three years Principal: It will take time

The I Promise School, donated by Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James and his foundation, has come under intense state scrutiny after none of the students in its current fall eighth-grade class have passed the state math test in three years.

According to reports, while data shows that the school’s student achievement has improved year after year, some students have in fact regressed after attending the I Promise School. Additionally the school’s black students and students with disabilities ranked in the “bottom 5 percent” of test scores in Ohio.

James’ foundation first started the school in the Akron area in 2018 with a focus on providing help for at-risk students. According to reports at the time, a year later, students’ test scores have improved dramatically.

In response to the latest test score report, a spokesperson for the James Foundation said, “This work takes a long-term commitment, hard work, and a lot of care. And that’s what we do every day, because ‘I Promise School’ is more than just a school. We are here through thick and thin and will continue to provide our students and their entire families with the help they need to succeed in school and in life, no matter what challenges and obstacles they encounter.”

No student at school donated by James has passed state math test in nearly three years Principal: It will take time

The representative also said that the entire staff is “incredibly excited” for the new school year under the leadership of Stephanie Davis.

Principal Brandi Davis expressed similar optimism for the future.

In an email, Davis said, “One of the things that excites me most about coming to I Promise School is the optimism and energy of the school to get our students to the level of achievement we know they can achieve. But according to iReady scores, they are making progress. Thirty-two percent of incoming eighth graders improved their reading skills, and 42 percent of seventh graders made progress in iReady math. When working with students who are performing below their grade level, growth in achievement is just as important as improvement in proficiency. And for us, that growth doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time.”

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