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Summer school enrollment spikes in North Texas

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More students need to take summer school classes this year so they can pass required state testing.

The result: summer school enrollment up, more teachers are needed and planned vacations are being moved.

Students who fail portions of the STAAR tests are not required to go to summer school, but districts are required to offer remedial classes.

Around 6,000 students are enrolled in Dallas ISD summer school. In 2012, only 600 took summer classes.

Summer enrollment is up around 500 students in Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD, mostly due to STAAR testing in the 5th, 8th, 9th and 10th grades.

The number of summer students is up 25 percent in Richardson ISD.

According to officials, reading and writing are particular trouble spots for students.

"I think statewide the writing results were the lowest of any tests results in the state. They were certainly the lowest in our district, although they were better than the state's they are not where we expect them to be," said Richardson ISD's Tim Clark.

Vacations are being shifted due to the time of year testing is done.

Tests are administered late in the school year and results are back with just days left in the school year.

"You want your July to be free, well that ain't going to happen. So now we're going to have to wait till August to go on vacation," said parent Christine Vann.

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