Kansas education officials say a downturn in student-assessment test scores this year is attributable to higher state curriculum standards. Overall, 87.6% of the state's schools made federal standards for adequate yearly progress, compared with nearly 90% in 2008. Officials warn that next year's results could decrease because of the effect of state budget cuts. "We've seen class sizes increase, support staff let go. All districts are doing the best they can, but there's not much more they can do," a state education official said.
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