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Administration lays out draft rule for school accountability

Proposed federal guidelines would allow states to decide how to use a mix of test scores, academic growth and other measures like chronic absenteeism to identify failing schools and children who are struggling the most.

The draft rule released Thursday spells out a broad framework for states to consider as they design new accountability systems to improve schools and narrow achievement gaps.

"We expect states and local school districts to set high standards for all students, regardless of their background, and to identify schools, or groups of students, who are not performing well," Education Secretary John B. King Jr. said during a school visit. "Where entire...

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