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Research has indicated significant gains for those students who enroll in LA 4, particularly those “at risk,” for whom it was designed.

Students considered “at risk” include those whose families’ socioeconomic status permit their children to receive free or reduced lunch. Jones said in a 2006 study tracing “at risk” students who spent only one semester in the LA 4 program in 2002, 45 percent fewer of them repeated a grade and 40 percent fewer were placed in special education than other “at risk” students statewide.

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