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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.

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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