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Nearly half of America's public schools didn't meet federal achievement standards this year, marking the largest failure rate since the much-criticized No Child Left Behind law took effect a decade ago, according to a national report released Dec. 15.

The Center on Education Policy report shows more than 43,000 schools—or 48 percent—did not make "adequate yearly progress" this year. The failure rates range from a low of 11 percent in Wisconsin to a high...

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