CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - A quarter of Nevada's 604 public schools got lower grades this year compared with last year in a statewide ranking system.
But State Superintendent Dale Erquiaga says that's because Nevada is demanding more from its students.
The number of five-star schools dropped from 112 during the 2011-12 school year to 82 this past year. The number of four- and three-star schools also dropped, while the number of one- and two-star schools climbed from 119 to 146.
Policy changes play a role. State officials pointed out that high schoolers are now required to score a 60 percent on a math test to graduate, up from 48 percent.
But analysts tell the Review-Journal attendance also appeared to be worse year-over-year, and students aren't improving at the rate they should be.
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