12/16/2004

Across the country, states are reporting fewer schools as failing, but some observers believe that's because officials are relaxing testing requirements and schools are providing more accurate demographic data. According to a Chicago Tribune analysis, the roughly 6.5% increase in Hispanics' math and reading passing rates stemmed from rule changes expanding the numbers of students taking an easier state exam and allowing students who had exited bilingual programs to be counted in the limited English subgroup.

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