March 31, 2004 -- Posted at 4:12 p.m. CST
OSCEOLA -- In the old days, school meant learning the three "R's" 'reading, 'riting and 'ritmatic? Well, these days, in Arkansas, it's the three "R's" and a whole lot more... including the yearly benchmark exam, to make sure kids are up to speed.
But setting the bar for the benchmark exams isn't an easy thing...
Teachers and students are trying to improve student scores, using a hand's on approach.
"I've tried to make sure that the majority of my class is all on the same page before we move on to something differently," said 4th grade teacher Martha Thomas-Williams.
"I think it can affect the moral of the teacher when they've tried their best and they seen the results and their students in class and they know their student's capabilities," said Brewer.