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Updated: 07/13/2014 08:00:00AM

‘Poverty no excuse for poor test scores’

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SUN PHOTO BY DALLAS EMRICH

NPHS 9th grader Chris James, 14, works with third graders Justin Torres, 9, and Franklin Ramirez, 9, Saturday at the Cranberry Elementary School cafeteria on FCAT preparations.

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Daphne Ethington reads the FCAT script as Port Charlotte High School students listen carefully, all to ensure the students do their best on the state required testing.

By PAUL FALLON

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Charlotte County Public Schools superintendent Doug Whittaker said studies show poverty plays more of a role in test performance in the U.S. education system than any other factor, including cultural and language barriers.

But studies also show the relationship between poverty and poor academic performance is not written in stone.

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