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      GA improves performance on federal standards

      AYP is measured based on math and reading test scores, attendance and graduation rates, among other factors

      Georgia schools fared much better this year on federal benchmarks than last year, with nearly 80 percent passing muster.

      New data released by the state Tuesday shows Georgia is catching up after seeing performance on "adequate yearly progress" plummet last year because of lagging math test scores. State Schools Superintendent Kathy Cox said the improvement means students are meeting the challenge of a tougher curriculum and more rigorous standardized tests. AYP is measured based on math and reading test scores, attendance and graduation rates, among other factors.

      It is part of the federal No Child Left Behind law, which was adopted in 2002 and aims for all U.S. students to perform math and reading at grade level by 2014.

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