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January 4, 2006

Colquitt County - In 2004, 80% of Hispanic students taking the writing portion of the test in Colquitt County passed, but in 2005, only 55% passed, falling way behind the passing rates of black and white students.

Colquitt County Principal Bob Jones says he doesn't understand the scores, but he's not panicking. He's implemented a plan for teachers to hold after-school and in-school tutoring for students who failed the writing section, and given them personalized reports on areas where they need the most improvement.

Jones says, "We're going to personalize our instruction now, because we know which kids are not doing well. We've got their individualized sheets and our teachers are committed to working with these students in order to help them meet the standard."

Students who failed the writing portion of the graduation test, have five opportunities to retest.

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