There are signs of improvement at the troubled Dallas County Sheriff's Training Academy.
NBC 5 reported Wednesday that all but one of the current cadets at the academy passed the state law enforcement exam on the first try.
In May, NBC 5 Investigates revealed only 25 percent of 2013's recruits passed on the first attempt, the worst record of any police academy in Texas.
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This year's improved results are still not enough to bring Dallas County's three-year average above the required 80 percent passing rate, leaving the academy still vulnerable to being shuttered by the state.
However, the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement said it will likely offer Dallas County a probationary contract, allowing the academy to remain open as long as its passing rate stays above 85 percent in each of the next five years.