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(Chicago Tribune) — More than half of Illinois public schools — including, for the first time, many of the state’s academic powerhouses — failed to meet test targets this year, raising questions not only about the schools, but also the standard by which they are judged.  In Illinois, high schools fared the worst.  Nine of 10 high schools — 609 of 665 in the state — missed the mark on math and reading tests and risk federal sanctions, according to information released Wednesday by the Illinois State Board of Education.  Statewide, 44 percent of elementary and middle schools fell short.

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