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Report: Charter schools trail others on standards

ATLANTA (AP) -- A new report says Georgia's charter schools have become less successful than traditional schools in meeting federally mandated goals.

The report, given to the state Board of Education Wednesday, also said graduation rates at charter schools are about the same as the state average.

Reports say the findings are likely to be a factor in the fight over charter schools that's brewing in the Georgia Legislature.

Charter schools are public schools that have been granted some freedom from state mandates in exchange for innovation.

The report found that in 2010-11, 70 percent of Georgia charter schools met annual yearly progress targets established by the federal No Child Left Behind law. That trailed the 73 percent of traditional schools in Georgia that met the targets that year.