Standard and Poor's Releases New Findings

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Standard and Poor's new Web site shows new tools which enable parents and educators to compare student results with other schools.

New Web site features like school-level data and five-year trended data allow schools to measure year-by-year progress. Information includes key findings from 1997 to 2001.

In analyzing the data, Standard and Poor's found that all regions' passing rates on the MEAP improved between 1997 and 2001. Passing rates on MEAP increased among every racial group during the five-year period, and low-income students made faster gains than their more affluent peers.

State officials are calling the new Web site the most powerful and most objective accountability tool in the country.

The Web site is