Whatever they’re doing at Banks Elementary School, it’s working. The Oregonian reports kids in its kindergarten have better understanding of the alphabet and stronger math skills than other Oregon five-year-olds, according to an assessment released Friday. The Legislature called for the assessment in 2012.

More than 95 percent of kindergartners took the tests. The governor’s office calls the results “sobering.” It shows fourteen percent of all Oregon kindergartners couldn’t name a single letter of the alphabet and 33 percent could name only five or fewer letters. The kids at Banks scored better than the statewide average on pretty much every area of the test. Gaston School District kindergartners fared the worst.

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