Forty-nine schools were rated unsatisfactory in state school accountability reports released Thursday.
State officials say many of the failing schools were exempt last year because of disabled and transfer students, among other factors. They were included this year after lawmakers added a battery of new tests and restricted exemptions. Nine schools failed to improve. The report says about 70 percent of the schools that received unsatisfactory ratings last year improved.
Governor Owens says the report shows progress is being made. Schools that continue to fail face the threat of sanctions allowing school boards to replace failing schools with charter schools if they do not improve within two years. There will be no money this year for state grants to help failing schools.
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