[caption id="attachment_89194" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="One of the most expensive elements of HISD's school reform initiative is daily math tutoring for sixth- and ninth-graders."][/caption]

A nationally watched experiment to improve nine struggling Houston Independent School District campuses improved students' math skills but had a minimal impact on reading achievement, a new study found.

HISD Superintendent Terry Grier launched the Apollo school reform effort last year and has drawn attention for turning to the district's competitors -- charter schools -- for improvement ideas.

"As remarkable as the math scores were, the reading scores are almost as underwhelming,"...

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