Back-to-school season arrives with the hope and possibilities of a new academic year, but it can also bring feelings of dread as communities brace for test results measuring adequate yearly progress, or AYP.

The MCA statewide exams that determine the federally required AYP are expected to be released soon. Last year, just more than half of the state’s 2,000 schools and 297 of 340 districts were “failing” by AYP standards. The new results likely won’t be any better.

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Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson joined the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2010 and works as a online reporter, content editor and staff writer. She is a world traveler, accused idealist and California native now braving the winters of Central Minnesota. She believes in the power of human resolve and hopes to be part of something that makes history by bringing an end to injustice in the world. Sarah has worked as a criminal background researcher, high school civics teacher, grant writer, and contributing writer with — tackling every issue from global poverty to bio-degradable bicycles. Her favorite thing about living in Minnesota is July. Sarah left the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2014.
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