Florida middle-schoolers must pass muster in core subject areas

07/9/2008 | Miami Herald (free registration), The

A new Florida law requiring that all middle school students pass every one of their English, math, science and social-studies classes to be eligible for ninth-grade has driven higher enrollment in remedial classes. "Ninth grade's the toughest year for the students in Florida," said Mary Jane Tappen, the state's deputy chancellor for curriculum, instruction and student services. "The whole purpose is to try to help with that."

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