Tucson, Ariz., schools soon will begin enrolling struggling sixth-grade students in an intervention program known as Core Plus that will be set up at three district schools. Participating students -- who struggle in math and are at least two years behind grade level in reading but do not qualify for special education -- will be taught in one classroom by a highly qualified teacher and instructional specialist. Students are assessed throughout the yearlong program. If they improve, they can return to their home schools for seventh grade.

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