N.C. students' retests help give schools a better grade

08/7/2009 | News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.), The

North Carolina required schools to include the scores of elementary- and middle-school students who passed end-of-grade tests on their second try. The effort significantly improved the number of schools meeting federal progress standards, which jumped to 71% compared with 31% last year. Some educators question the validity of including the retest results, but Gov. Beverly Perdue describes them as a guide for improving student achievement in the future.

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