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April 25, 2014 at 11:07 AM

Round-up: Most schools ‘failing’ under federal law, job prospects looking up for recent grads

Most Washington schools considered ‘failing’ under NCLB: Following the loss of Washington’s No Child Left Behind Waiver, most of the state’s parents will receive letters this fall explaining their children attend school in failing districts. Officials say schools that do not reach 100 percent proficiency on standardized tests will likely qualify as “failing” under the federal law; last year, no Washington district with enough students to report test scores reached that mark.

Job prospects look slightly brighter for recent college grads: New figures from the Labor Department show the Class of 2013 has an unemployment rate of 10.9 percent, down from 13.3 percent in 2012. Still, career counselors are warning students that they may have to settle for a first job that isn’t their dream job.

Low-income Oregon students take A.P. tests for free (The Oregonian): A combination of state and federal funding, along with rebates from the College Board, means low-income students in public Oregon high schools will be able to take Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate for free this spring. In Washington, qualifying low-income students can take the tests at a reduced cost.

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