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Jul 27, 2010 5:33 PM

Fewer La. schools rated academically unacceptable

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) The list of Louisiana's public schools deemed failing in the state's accountability system given the label "academically unacceptable" shrank slightly this year.

The state Department of Education released data Tuesday that showed 12 schools dropped the label in the just-ended 2009-10 school year, while eight schools moved into failing status.

Of more than 1,300 public schools statewide, 48 schools scored lower than the benchmark school performance score of 60 out of 150 points. That's the level below which is considered academically unacceptable. Of those, 26 already have been taken over by the state and are run through the Recovery School District because of poor performance.

Most of the other schools are in the Baton Rouge and Shreveport areas: five in East Baton Rouge Parish and 11 in Caddo Parish.

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