One Washington school district has taken a giant leap this year in pushing students to take college preparatory courses, the Huffington Post reports. Starting in fall 2010, all students in grades 6-12 in Federal Way Public Schools who meet state standards are automatically enrolled in their school’s advanced academic programs. As a result, the number of students enrolled in advanced courses has increased by 70 percent, and for the first time the district’s ethnic diversity is reflected within these classes…

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