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In the past, this report and the national test that it's based on played an important role in developing America's education policy: As some states, continued to post rising state test scores, the comparison study provided a fact check — showing that scores increased not because students were learning more, but because the tests were getting easier.


Education Lab is a Seattle Times project that spotlights promising approaches to some of the most persistent challenges in public education. It is produced in partnership with the Solutions Journalism Network, a New York-based nonprofit that works to spread the practice of solutions-oriented… Read more

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Hilton was named a National Elementary and Secondary Education Act Distinguished School for the 2021-2022 school year. Schools are selected by their state’s educational agency based on a number of factors including student enrollment, percentage of students living below the poverty line, continuous positive academic trends, and shrinking the achievement gap.

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