Held back, but not helped

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In the mid-2000s, Louisiana implemented high-stakes tests known as Louisiana Educational Assessment Program, or LEAP, which required fourth and eighth graders to show that they were grade-level proficient. Most students lost months or even years of school time after Katrina hit in 2005.

A school once known for gang activity is now sending kids to college

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Ocon, who had been at the school since 2005, became convinced that the source of the dismal performance numbers was not the kids but a hidebound curriculum that was simply not working to their benefit. Calendar-driven midterm and final exams are jettisoned in favor of ongoing assessments.

In rural Maine, a university eliminates most Fs in an effort to increase graduation rates

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Is anyone interested in taking an assessment today?” Only 11 percent of the students who entered UMPI in 2005 graduated in four years, and only 30 percent graduated in six — all at a time when the region desperately needs more college grads.