According to data released by the Alabama Department of Education, students from low-income households perform at a lower level on standardized tests. Education officials say income level appeared to have more to do with the results than any other single factor.
"Special education scores were abnormally low," said Dr. Ed Richardson, Alabama State Superintendent of Schools. "Scores for Black students were abnormally low. Free and reduced lunch, abnormally low. So I think what you're going to see there are some people being disturbed that those students seem to be underserved."
The federal ''No Child Left Behind Act'' requires that test scores be broken down into individual categories.