Alabama releases scores from No Child Left Behind

MONTGOMERY, AL (AP) - The state Department of Education says 75 percent of Alabama schools made adequate yearly progress, up from nearly 73 percent last year. But the department got federal approval to use the 2011 passing levels in 2012.

Those results came Thursday as state officials announced which schools and which school systems made adequate yearly progress under the No Child Left Behind Law.

The federal law seeks to have all students performing at the proficient level for their grades in math and reading by 2014.

This may be the last time that Alabama officials announce the scores. They are asking the U.S. Department of Education for a waiver to replace adequate yearly progress with a new state-developed assessment program called Plan 2020.

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