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February 20, 2003

Tokyo Ward Conducts Achievement Tests

Students at 24 elementary schools and all junior high schoolers in Tokyo's Arakawa Ward, about 9,500 in all, are taking part in a new testing system that will track annual progress. It is the first such move by a local government in Japan. Students in the first six grades took tests in Japanese and math, while those in middle school were also examined in English. Keizo Fujita, the principal at one of the elementary schools said, "It is important for each child to know the level of his or her achievement."

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