Study: El Dorado Promise scholarship improving junior high test scores

EL DORADO (KATV) - The El Dorado Promise scholarship is doing more than just sending students to college. A review of the first six years of the scholarship shows it has raised junior high test scores.

The study found that El Dorado's 7th and 8th grade test scores are higher than those of similar students in south Arkansas in both math and literacy.

"The Promise helped to foster a 'college-going' culture throughout the school district, motivating students to work harder and energizing our schools to provide the best possible education to our students," said Sylvia Thompson, El Dorado Promise Director. "This study shows that the impact of the Promise is measurable."

The scholarship program was announced in January 2007, established by a $50 million commitment by Murphy Oil Corporation. It allows graduates of El Dorado Public Schools the opportunity to earn college degrees tuition-free. So far, 1,239 students have received Promise scholarship money.

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