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Some Districts Struggle With New Evaluations

Posted: Jan 6, 2013 12:41 PM by Associated Press
Updated: Jan 6, 2013 12:42 PM

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KANSAS CITY (AP) — A newly released draft report shows the St. Louis school system is at risk of regaining its recently shed "unaccredited" label under a tough new evaluation system.

That system promises to lead to an increase in the number of districts rated as faltering.

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education ran the report as part of its preparation for switching to the new standards this school year. They require higher test scores in some subjects and require schools to track such things as how many students succeed in higher-level courses, rather than just how many enroll in them.

Districts continue making updates to the data in the report. The results won't lead to accreditation changes, but offer the first glimpse of how districts might fare under the new system.

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