12/7/2005

The number of top-rated Colorado schools increased this year by 2.6 percentage points, to 42.9%, while the percentage of those landing in the bottom categories fell slightly to 20.6%, according to state report cards released Tuesday. University of Colorado education school dean Eugene Sheehan attributed the gains to better teaching, more data analysis of struggling students' performance and improved alignment between the state's academic standards and exams.

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