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Posted: Dec 3, 2011 1:17 PM by Associated Press
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BATON ROUGE - New reports says Louisiana and other Southern states need immediate changes in grades six, seven and eight to improve student achievement and ultimately high school graduation rates.

The study was done by the Atlanta-based Southern Regional Education Board. The SREB is a nonprofit group that advises state education
leaders.

A 2009 state law requires Louisiana's public high school graduation rate to reach 80% by 2014, up from 67.4 percent now.

One of the needs, according to the study, is a redesigned professional development plan for middle school educators.

On a key national skills test, only 28 percent of eighth-graders in 16 Southern states scored at the proficient level in reading and 29% did so in math.

Meanwhile, 27% of students tested showed only a partial mastery of reading skills and 30% scored at the same level in math.

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