Illinois districts exclude underachieving juniors from state tests

12/30/2003 | Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)

More high schools in Illinois are barring some of their lowest-performing 11th-graders from taking state-mandated tests, a practice that has helped boost schools' test scores. Some districts are discarding the traditional method of defining "junior" as a student in the third year of high school, opting instead to use the number of credits taken toward graduation.

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