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Georgia schools fare worse on federal benchmarks

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By DORIE TURNER
Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) - The number of Georgia schools meeting federal benchmarks plummeted this year as the bar for reaching those standards was raised.

Data released Thursday shows that 63% of schools made "adequate yearly progress," compared to 71% last year. Those numbers do not include Atlanta schools data because Georgia officials are still trying to determine how widespread cheating revealed in a state investigation earlier this month will affect the district's federal standing.

For middle schools, 56% met standards this year, compared to 67% last year. Just 29% of high schools passed muster, compared to 33% last year.

Those numbers will likely increase after students take summer retests.

Schools that don't meet federal benchmarks for two or more years in a row face sanctions.

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