6 percent of Alabama schools make annual goals

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - More Alabama schools have met educational goals set under No Child Left Behind, with 86 percent meeting all benchmarks.

Alabama education officials announced the 2009 Adequate Yearly Progress results Monday. The state's performance was a 3 percent
improvement over 2008.

The state also had fewer high-poverty schools singled out for school improvement, which requires more supervision from state officials to make sure plans to boost achievement are in place and are being implemented.

Superintendent Joe Morton said the state's performance is especially notable because the improvements are coming as standards continue to rise.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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