3/10/2004

The just-released annual rankings of California's 8,000-plus public schools revealed that 21.5% achieved proficiency on state exams, up from last year's 15.5%. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell praised the overall results but noted that the low performance of high schools, where only 7% met the proficiency target, indicated that secondary education needs to become a state priority.

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