Half of Public Schools Fall Short

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Half of Mississippi's public schools fell short of new federal performance standards. That's according to a preliminary report released Thursday by the state Department of Education.

The accountability report won't be final until the state Board of Education approves it next week.

Associate State Superintendent Susan Rucker says that 432 of the state's 870 public schools made the grade.

The new federal No Child Left Behind standards measure students' performance in reading/language arts, mathematics, and other academic indicators, which are high school graduation rates and growth in student achievement.

In order to meet the new standards, students must perform at the proficient level in all three categories. Overall, 54 percent of public schools, or 467, met the other academic indicators requirement.