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Some lower valley school districts lagging behind in test scores

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- The State Superintendent of Public Instruction released the latest numbers on the high school proficiency exam Tuesday. Some schools in the area came in far below the average.

The overall passing rates in Washington are around 50 to 60 percent for math, and 50 to 80 percent for reading.

In Granger and Toppenish, the percentage of kids who passed math is around the twenties and thirties.

In Wapato, the math percentages hang around the thirties and low forties. We contacted the Wapato School District and they told us the numbers could be misleading.

The district says some scores have improved for some students this year, but they still have a long way to go.

"We are pleased with the progress, but is it where we want to be? Absolutely not, we want all of our students to be able to perform in a global economy," says Glenn Green, Executive Director of Technology and Assessment for the Wapato School District.

Green says tenth graders in Wapato performed much better on the standardized math test than last year. He says only 17 percent passed the test last year, but 50 percent passed this year.

The Toppenish School District says it also made progress from last year. The Granger School District declined to comment.