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Nearly one-third (31 percent) of recent grads reported their monthly loan payments as greater than 12 percent of their income, a nearly 10 percent increase from 2000. Photo credit: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Nearly one-third (31 percent) of recent grads reported their monthly loan payments as greater than 12 percent of their income, a nearly 10 percent increase from 2000. Photo credit: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

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ROCKVILLE, Md. — Montgomery County school officials say they are looking into why more than half of students failed some of their final exams in math.

Figures released by the school system show 62 percent of high school students failed their final exams in geometry and 57 percent failed Algebra 2. Among honors level students, about a third failed those exams.

That has prompted officials in the school system to look into whether students are being adequately prepared for the tests. Schools Superintendent Joshua P. Starr says a work group will meet this summer. Teaching, student support and alignment between the curriculum and the exams are among the issues that will be looked at.

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