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Nearly Half of Schools ‘Failing’

woodworking classroomNearly half the nation’s public schools failed to meet federal benchmarks this year, up from 39 percent in 2010 and marking the largest washout rate since the No Child Left Behind Law took effect a decade ago, a new national report calculates. That’s still well below the 82 percent failure rate that U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan predicted earlier this year, but the nonpartisan Center for Education Policy’s findings still indicate an alarming trend.

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College Ready? Not N.Y.C. Grads

graduation thinkerMost states and school districts strive to raise graduation rates. But does a diploma mean high school students are ready for college and careers? Not by a long shot, the latest school progress reports from New York City’s board of education suggest.

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