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ST. PAUL - Small schools in rural Minnesota fared best in the latest round of federal education assessments, but even they are part of a statewide trend of fewer schools meeting the standards.

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Nearly 60 percent of schools in greater Minnesota made adequate yearly progress under the federal No Child Left Behind law. In the seven-county Twin Cities area, 40 percent of schools met the requirements for 2008, according to new Minnesota Department of Education data.

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