Most-ever districts "academically unacceptable"

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The number of Texas school districts rate by the state as "academically unacceptable" has increased to its highest level ever.

"Academically unacceptable" is the lowest ranking in the state accountability system implemented in 1994. The accounting released Friday by Texas Education Commissioner Robert Scott attributes the increase to dropout rates.

However, new standards also led to an increase in the number of schools ranked as "exemplary," the top rating in the accountability system.

Schools are rated based on student performance on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills and a standardized test for special education students along with dropout and completion rates.

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