River Trail Elementary

Summary:

River Trail Elementary is a public elementary school in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, serving 343 students in grades PK-8 and is part of the Milwaukee School District, which is ranked 411 out of 424 districts in the state.

River Trail Elementary consistently ranks among the lowest-performing elementary schools in Wisconsin, with academic performance significantly below state and district averages across all grade levels and subject areas. For example, in 2022-2023, the percentage of students proficient or better in English Language Arts ranged from 0% to 10.71%, compared to the state average of 37.88% to 45.75%. The school's performance is particularly low in mathematics, with 0% of students proficient or better in grades 6-8 and only 0-10.71% proficient in other grades, compared to the state average of 31.79% to 48.79%. River Trail Elementary also has consistently high chronic absenteeism rates, ranging from 22.9% to 60.8% over the past five school years, which is significantly higher than the state and district averages.

The nearby schools in the Milwaukee School District, such as Stuart Elementary, Emerson Elementary, and Milwaukee Sign Language Elementary, also perform poorly on academic measures and have high chronic absenteeism rates, similar to River Trail Elementary. However, some schools outside the Milwaukee School District, like Madison Elementary in the Wauwatosa School District, demonstrate significantly higher academic performance and lower chronic absenteeism rates.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-8

 12021 W Florist Ave
       Milwaukee, WI  53225-2119


(414) 393-2200

District: Milwaukee School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
1039th of 1,067 Wisconsin Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $15,274 Help


Students who attend River Trail Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    King International Baccalaureate Middle
    Lincoln Middle
    Roosevelt Middle
High:    Audubon Technology and Communication High
    Bradley Technology High
    King International
    Milwaukee High School of the Arts
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Student/teacher ratio:  14.0 Help
Number of students:  343

Racial breakdown:

African American:
79.3%
Asian:
6.4%
Hispanic:
5.8%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  95% Help


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Compare Details River Trail Elementary ranks worse than 97.4% of elementary schools in Wisconsin. It also ranks 80th among 106 ranked elementary schools in the Milwaukee School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 3.37. (See more...)
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Compare Details River Trail Elementary ranks worse than 97% of middle schools in Wisconsin. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 4.18. (See more...)
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The high school dropout rate measures the percentage of students who do not complete their high school education.
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Chronic absenteeism in a high school refers to a situation where students repeatedly miss school, with the threshold often defined as missing 10% or more of school days for any reason, excused or unexcused.
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: African American (79.3%), Asian (6.4%), Hispanic (5.8%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 95% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at River Trail Elementary is 14, which is the 23rd best among 106 elementary schools in the Milwaukee School District. (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at River Trail Elementary is $15,274. 59 elementary schools in the Milwaukee School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

River Trail Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks River Trail Elementary 1039th of 1067 Wisconsin public elementary schools. (See River Trail Elementary in the ranking list.)

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SchoolDigger ranks River Trail Elementary 621st of 640 Wisconsin public middle schools. (See River Trail Elementary in the ranking list.)

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Milwaukee School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Milwaukee School District 411th of 424 Wisconsin school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for River Trail Elementary

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Rank History for all elementary school students at River Trail Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 70.67 188th 633 70.3%
2005 73.87 169th 632 73.3%
2006 45.58 487th 712 31.6%
2007 22.65 588th 689 14.7%
2008 16.02 924th 1021 9.5%
2009 12.00 950th 1030 7.8%
2010 13.11 964th 1045 7.8%
2011 14.75 962nd 1046 8.0%
2012 17.59 936th 1045 10.4%
2013 3.34 1018th 1053 3.3%
2014 2.78 1030th 1061 2.9%
2015 2.59 1044th 1076 3.0%
2016 2.62 1052nd 1075 2.1%
2017 3.44 1025th 1071 4.3%
2018 3.22 982nd 1025 4.2%
2019 6.98 961st 1037 7.3%
2021 3.71 1024th 1050 2.5%
2022 3.32 1022nd 1067 4.2%
2023 3.37 1039th 1067 2.6%
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Rank History for elementary school Special Education students at River Trail Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 16.85 663rd 721 8.0%
2019 22.54 626th 742 15.6%
2023 18.21 689th 770 10.5%
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Rank History for elementary school Female students at River Trail Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 5.46 946th 997 5.1%
2019 13.49 890th 1002 11.2%
2021 5.96 962nd 1004 4.2%
2022 4.10 984th 1017 3.2%
2023 3.94 983rd 1010 2.7%
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Rank History for elementary school Male students at River Trail Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 3.22 968th 997 2.9%
2019 4.88 961st 1002 4.1%
2021 3.53 994th 1003 0.9%
2022 4.02 973rd 1017 4.3%
2023 4.08 975th 1011 3.6%
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Rank History for elementary school African American students at River Trail Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 22.06 145th 165 12.1%
2019 38.68 84th 161 47.8%
2021 32.18 103rd 141 27.0%
2022 28.23 98th 133 26.3%
2023 21.87 129th 138 6.5%
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Data source: test scores: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Rank History for River Trail Elementary

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Rank History for all middle school students at River Trail Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 36.62 303rd 382 20.7%
2007 15.89 322nd 366 12.0%
2008 4.11 493rd 519 5.0%
2009 2.49 507th 521 2.7%
2010 2.30 525th 539 2.6%
2011 5.21 523rd 549 4.7%
2012 5.68 527th 559 5.7%
2013 4.05 536th 569 5.8%
2014 2.63 559th 585 4.4%
2015 3.87 579th 612 5.4%
2016 2.53 594th 609 2.5%
2017 1.60 609th 612 0.5%
2018 1.97 566th 579 2.2%
2019 2.56 579th 594 2.5%
2021 4.43 589th 613 3.9%
2022 5.98 579th 617 6.2%
2023 4.18 621st 640 3.0%
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Rank History for middle school Special Education students at River Trail Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 19.38 375th 417 10.1%
2019 19.54 372nd 414 10.1%
2022 22.92 356th 421 15.4%
2023 18.64 413th 439 5.9%
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Rank History for middle school Female students at River Trail Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 2.16 543rd 551 1.5%
2019 3.46 535th 557 3.9%
2021 9.37 526th 574 8.4%
2022 7.71 537th 576 6.8%
2023 4.09 566th 579 2.2%
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Rank History for middle school Male students at River Trail Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 3.08 535th 551 2.9%
2019 3.07 547th 557 1.8%
2021 3.21 572nd 572 0.0%
2022 6.35 547th 577 5.2%
2023 5.84 566th 591 4.2%
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Rank History for middle school African American students at River Trail Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools WI State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 20.07 111th 123 9.8%
2019 23.15 109th 127 14.2%
2021 33.53 92nd 134 31.3%
2022 35.59 80th 125 36.0%
2023 24.58 115th 130 11.5%
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Data source: test scores: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

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Data source: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

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Enrollment information for River Trail Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 162 252 5 1 1 n/a n/a 0 421
1989 128 191 3 5 1 n/a n/a 0 328
1990 125 186 0 3 0 n/a n/a 0 314
1991 123 216 1 7 1 n/a n/a 0 348
1992 108 218 2 8 5 n/a n/a 0 341
1993 125 209 2 9 3 n/a n/a 0 348
1994 117 227 1 7 5 n/a n/a 0 357
1995 132 229 8 11 7 n/a n/a 0 387
1996 132 229 8 11 7 n/a n/a 0 387
1997 123 256 13 5 5 n/a n/a 0 402
1998 109 276 20 9 6 n/a n/a 0 420
1999 94 285 13 9 7 n/a n/a 0 408
2000 82 263 9 15 7 n/a n/a 0 376
2001 91 224 17 11 5 n/a n/a 0 348
2002 90 229 22 10 8 n/a n/a 0 359
2003 90 229 22 10 8 n/a n/a 0 359
2004 86 218 27 12 5 n/a n/a 0 348
2005 80 208 25 10 5 n/a n/a 0 328
2006 85 279 44 14 5 n/a n/a 0 427
2007 86 312 44 18 5 n/a n/a 0 465
2008 71 364 57 21 9 n/a n/a 0 522
2009 69 382 63 20 6 n/a n/a 0 540
2010 65 376 67 21 8 n/a n/a 0 537
2011 63 414 61 14 6 0 0 0 558
2012 48 422 63 10 3 0 1 0 547
2013 43 431 64 20 3 0 2 0 563
2014 37 429 48 27 1 0 1 0 543
2015 38 373 39 19 1 0 1 0 471
2016 20 348 40 18 0 0 4 0 430
2017 20 362 32 33 0 0 12 0 459
2018 12 345 36 41 0 0 18 0 452
2019 6 305 30 41 0 1 22 0 405
2020 4 279 40 29 1 1 20 0 374
2021 6 275 30 22 2 0 16 0 351
2022 6 220 36 12 1 0 17 0 292
2023 6 272 22 20 2 1 20 0 343

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at River Trail Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 421 26.0 16.1 54.6
1989 328 18.0 18.2 46
1990 314 16.0 19.6 52.9
1991 348 16.0 21.7 40.5
1992 341 18.0 18.9 52.8
1993 348 16.6 21.0 67.5
1994 357 15.6 22.9 65.8
1995 387 17.6 22.0 65.9
1996 387 17.6 22.0 65.9
1997 402 18.0 22.3 65.7
1998 420 17.6 23.9 64.3
1999 408 19.1 21.4 73.3
2000 376 20.1 18.7 71
2001 348 17.6 19.8 69
2002 359 23.9 15.0 71.3
2003 359 23.9 15.0 71.3
2004 348 23.0 15.1 72.1
2005 328 22.0 14.9 n/a
2006 427 29.0 14.7 n/a
2007 465 27.0 17.2 76.3
2008 522 29.0 18.0 79.9
2009 540 32.6 16.6 76.7
2010 537 31.0 17.2 77.7
2011 558 30.9 18.0 80.8
2012 547 21.8 25.0 86.5
2013 563 30.8 18.2 88.6
2014 543 35.0 15.5 92.4
2015 471 n/a n/a 90.2
2016 430 25.0 17.2 n/a
2017 459 26.8 17.1 96.5
2018 452 23.6 19.1 96
2019 405 28.0 14.4 84.9
2020 374 27.5 13.6 97.9
2021 351 24.5 14.2 99.1
2022 292 23.9 12.1 92.8
2023 343 24.3 14.0 95

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio River Trail Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 421 26.0 16.1 54.6
1989 328 18.0 18.2 46
1990 314 16.0 19.6 52.9
1991 348 16.0 21.7 40.5
1992 341 18.0 18.9 52.8
1993 348 16.6 21.0 67.5
1994 357 15.6 22.9 65.8
1995 387 17.6 22.0 65.9
1996 387 17.6 22.0 65.9
1997 402 18.0 22.3 65.7
1998 420 17.6 23.9 64.3
1999 408 19.1 21.4 73.3
2000 376 20.1 18.7 71
2001 348 17.6 19.8 69
2002 359 23.9 15.0 71.3
2003 359 23.9 15.0 71.3
2004 348 23.0 15.1 72.1
2005 328 22.0 14.9 n/a
2006 427 29.0 14.7 n/a
2007 465 27.0 17.2 76.3
2008 522 29.0 18.0 79.9
2009 540 32.6 16.6 76.7
2010 537 31.0 17.2 77.7
2011 558 30.9 18.0 80.8
2012 547 21.8 25.0 86.5
2013 563 30.8 18.2 88.6
2014 543 35.0 15.5 92.4
2015 471 n/a n/a 90.2
2016 430 25.0 17.2 n/a
2017 459 26.8 17.1 96.5
2018 452 23.6 19.1 96
2019 405 28.0 14.4 84.9
2020 374 27.5 13.6 97.9
2021 351 24.5 14.2 99.1
2022 292 23.9 12.1 92.8
2023 343 24.3 14.0 95

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for River Trail Elementary

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $2,015 (13.9%) $12,502 (86.1%) $14,517
2020 $1,880 (13.6%) $11,967 (86.4%) $13,846
2021 $2,585 (16.9%) $12,689 (83.1%) $15,274

Data source: Wisconsin Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on River Trail Elementary

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 961st of 1037 Elementary schoolsRanks 1039th of 1067 Elementary schools
 4.7%
Ranks 579th of 594 Middle schoolsRanks 621st of 640 Middle schools
 0.4%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (River Trail Elementary)2.90
 2.9%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Milwaukee School District)16.413.2
 3.2%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Wisconsin)39.537.9
 1.6%
3rd Grade Mathematics (River Trail Elementary)5.90
 5.9%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Milwaukee School District)21.216.9
 4.3%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Wisconsin)50.548.8
 1.7%
4th Grade English Language Arts (River Trail Elementary)14.310.7
 3.6%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Milwaukee School District)18.517.5
 1%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Wisconsin)43.945.8
 1.9%
4th Grade Mathematics (River Trail Elementary)25.73.7
 22%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Milwaukee School District)16.412.7
 3.7%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Wisconsin)46.246.5
 0.2%
4th Grade Social Studies (River Trail Elementary)28.67.1
 21.4%
   4th Grade Social Studies (Milwaukee School District)24.128.3
 4.2%
   4th Grade Social Studies (Wisconsin)53.459.7
 6.4%
4th Grade Science (River Trail Elementary)34.33.6
 30.7%
   4th Grade Science (Milwaukee School District)21.819.3
 2.5%
   4th Grade Science (Wisconsin)53.952.1
 1.8%
5th Grade English Language Arts (River Trail Elementary)11.43.6
 7.9%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Milwaukee School District)16.514.1
 2.4%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Wisconsin)40.939.2
 1.7%
5th Grade Mathematics (River Trail Elementary)8.610.7
 2.1%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Milwaukee School District)18.214.9
 3.3%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Wisconsin)47.848.4
 0.5%
6th Grade English Language Arts (River Trail Elementary)5.15.3
 0.1%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Milwaukee School District)19.515.9
 3.6%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Wisconsin)41.740.6
 1.1%
6th Grade Mathematics (River Trail Elementary)5.10
 5.1%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Milwaukee School District)14.79.9
 4.8%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Wisconsin)43.542.6
 0.9%
7th Grade English Language Arts (River Trail Elementary)9.66.1
 3.5%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Milwaukee School District)24.220.7
 3.5%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Wisconsin)45.541.1
 4.4%
7th Grade Mathematics (River Trail Elementary)3.90
 3.9%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Milwaukee School District)14.39.4
 4.9%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Wisconsin)39.735.7
 4%
8th Grade English Language Arts (River Trail Elementary)4.79.1
 4.4%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Milwaukee School District)1916.7
 2.2%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Wisconsin)37.337.8
 0.5%
8th Grade Mathematics (River Trail Elementary)00
   8th Grade Mathematics (Milwaukee School District)13.16.9
 6.2%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Wisconsin)36.531.8
 4.7%
8th Grade Social Studies (River Trail Elementary)4.714
 9.3%
   8th Grade Social Studies (Milwaukee School District)25.132.1
 7%
   8th Grade Social Studies (Wisconsin)52.159.2
 7.1%
8th Grade Science (River Trail Elementary)2.32.3
   8th Grade Science (Milwaukee School District)24.822.2
 2.7%
   8th Grade Science (Wisconsin)54.649.4
 5.3%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students405343
 15.3%
African American305272
 10.8%
American Indian02
Asian3022
 26.7%
Hispanic4120
 51.2%
Pacific Islander11
White66
Two or More Races2220
 9.1%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients84.9%95%
 10.1%


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Students at River Trail Elementary are 79% African American, 6% Asian, 6% Hispanic, 6% Two or more races, 2% White.

River Trail Elementary ranks in the bottom 2.6% of Wisconsin elementary schools.

In the 2022-23 school year, 343 students attended River Trail Elementary.


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

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