New York schools can average state test participation rates

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Schools that failed to have 95 percent of their students take the state English exams this week won't have to worry this year about failing to make the grade.

After so many students in grades 3-8 statewide opted out of the English Language Arts exams given this week, the state Department of Education has clarified the federal rule about the percentage of students who must take the exams.

Earlier this week a spokesman for the state said schools that failed to have at least 95 percent of the student take the exam risked not making "adequate yearly progress." Failure to make progress over a couple of years triggered requirements for districts to draw up a plan to fix problem schools.

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