The Bush administration sought on April 22 to bolster its signature education law, proposing new rules designed to address the nation's dropout problem and ensure educators pay close attention to the achievement of minority students.

As part of changes proposed for the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), U.S. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings said all states by the 2012-13 school year should have to calculate their graduation rates in a single, uniform way.

States would be told, in most cases, to count as graduates those students who leave on time and with a regular degree. Research reportedly indicates students who take extra time or


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