5/28/2004

The U.S. Department of Education has rejected a proposal by Virginia officials to allow retests to count toward schools' "adequate yearly progress" rating under the No Child Left Behind Act. State schools chief Jo Lynne DeMary called the federal government's position "discouraging to schools" and firmly stood behind her position that NCLB should allow students to have two attempts at passing state exams before counting their scores against their schools.

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