Across California, schools saw a 4.5-percent increase in the number of elementary students scoring "proficient" or "advanced" in math. But 64 Orange County elementary schools that used a math software program created by the nonprofit MIND Research Institute saw a nearly 13-percent increase in the number of students scoring in those top levels, reports the Los Angeles Times. Such gains show that "demographics and background have nothing to do with kids' success," said Santa Ana Unified School District Supt. Jane Russo. "It has to do with the strategies we use, the teachers that are working hard, and this wonderful partnership."...

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