Teacher Brian Shaffer, center, explains a problem to Cassie Bush, left, and Jason Phillips, right, during a math class at Athens Drive High School in Raleigh on Sept. 4, 2014, Athens is one of the schools that had a big jump in performance over the prior year. The school's passing rate went up from 52.9 percent in the 2012-13 school year to 68 percent. Today the State Department of Education releases much anticipated school test scores.
Teacher Brian Shaffer, center, explains a problem to Cassie Bush, left, and Jason Phillips, right, during a math class at Athens Drive High School in Raleigh on Sept. 4, 2014, Athens is one of the schools that had a big jump in performance over the prior year. The school's passing rate went up from 52.9 percent in the 2012-13 school year to 68 percent. Today the State Department of Education releases much anticipated school test scores. Chris Seward cseward@newsobserver.com
Teacher Brian Shaffer, center, explains a problem to Cassie Bush, left, and Jason Phillips, right, during a math class at Athens Drive High School in Raleigh on Sept. 4, 2014, Athens is one of the schools that had a big jump in performance over the prior year. The school's passing rate went up from 52.9 percent in the 2012-13 school year to 68 percent. Today the State Department of Education releases much anticipated school test scores. Chris Seward cseward@newsobserver.com
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