Oregon high school students are getting an extra year to prepare for their statewide tests in reading, math, writing, and science.
The U.S. Department of Education granted the state permission to give the tests to high school juniors rather than sophomores. News reports from Oregon indicate that educators hope more students will pass the exams with an added year of instruction.
Last year, 46 percent of Oregon 10th graders flunked the math test, 45 percent failed the writing test, and 42 percent failed the science exam.
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A version of this article appeared in the March 10, 2010 edition of Education Week as Ore. Students Granted Extra Year To Prepare for Assessments