More than 70 percent of North Carolina's public schools now meet federal performance standards, an achievement helped in part by the State Board of Education's decision to include student retest results in the calculations.
The state Department of Public Instruction on Thursday said 71 percent of schools met standards for adequate yearly progress in 2008-09, and the number of public schools earning the state's top school designations more than doubled.
Last year, 31.2 percent of the state's schools met the AYP standards.
DPI said the improvements were partially due to the board's decision to include reading, mathematics and science retest results for students in grades 3-8 in the state's ABCs accountability program and in the AYP calculations.
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