Durant Road Middle School teacher Alyssa Jackson helps seventh-graders Jayon Whitley, left, and Joe Abi-Najm during a lesson on statistics analyzing NCAA mens basketball seeds at the Raleigh school on March 16, 2017. Gains in middle school performance helped increase passing rates statewide.
Durant Road Middle School teacher Alyssa Jackson helps seventh-graders Jayon Whitley, left, and Joe Abi-Najm during a lesson on statistics analyzing NCAA mens basketball seeds at the Raleigh school on March 16, 2017. Gains in middle school performance helped increase passing rates statewide. Travis Long tlong@newsobserver.com
Durant Road Middle School teacher Alyssa Jackson helps seventh-graders Jayon Whitley, left, and Joe Abi-Najm during a lesson on statistics analyzing NCAA mens basketball seeds at the Raleigh school on March 16, 2017. Gains in middle school performance helped increase passing rates statewide. Travis Long tlong@newsobserver.com

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