7/24/2007

Experienced educators, after-school activities and gifted classes set apart Maryland's top-scoring schools regardless of their students' socioeconomic background or ethnicity. At Baltimore's George Washington Elementary, for instance, 76% of the students are poor and 95% are minorities, but the school is achieving a 94% pass-rate on the state's standardized exam, with 46% of the students scoring at the advanced level.

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