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Via: WRAL.Com

The report cards are in for North Carolina’s public schools.

State school officials will release the annual ABCs of Public Education report at 10 a.m. on Thursday, which shows how students performed on end-of-grade and end-of-course tests taken in grades 3 through 12. Schools will be named as highest and lowest performers.

The state will also release the Adequate Yearly Progress results, a report which will show how the state performed overall on student reading and mathematics scores required by the federal No Child Left Behind law. Schools either meet the requirements or fail.

In 2011, graduation rates rose to 77.7 percent, the highest four-year graduation rate ever reported in North Carolina.

Despite the increase, the number of schools meeting state and federal measures dropped last year from 88 percent in 2009-10 to 81.4 percent.