School grades improve

RALEIGH State education officials announced Thursday that the number of schools earning a top school designation more than doubled in 2008-09, and 71 percent of schools met standards for Adequate Yearly Progress required under federal education law.

The increases were fueled in part by a decision to include reading, mathematics and science retest results for students in grades 3-8.

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"These results will give us valuable insight in to where improvements need to be made," said Governor Beverly Perdue in a statement released to the media. "We must continue to make progress toward ensuring that every student has a chance to succeed."

The results are significant because the federal No Child Left Behind Act says that schools that do not meet AYP standards for two years in a row are identified as "schools in need of improvement" and are subject to immediate interventions by the Department of Public Instruction.

It also means parents are allowed to send their children to other schools.

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