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2008-08-06 12:00:48

By Tanner Kent, The Free Press, Mankato, Minn. Aug. 6--progress. Released T u e s d a y night, the state's annual a d e q u a t e yearly progress report is tied to the federal No Child Left Behind Act and is a measure of student achievement based on the MCA-II tests, which students take in the spring. Indicators include graduation and test-participation rates, but most of the focus is on proficiency rates in reading and math. The goal of No Child Left Behind and AYP is to ensure 100...

2008-08-06 12:00:48

By Tanner Kent, The Free Press, Mankato, Minn. Aug. 6--For several years now, area educators and admin-istrators have been warning that eventually all schools will be on the list of those not making adequate yearly progress. And the numbers, slowly but gradually, are proving them right. In 2006, about threefourths of all Minnesota schools made AYP. In 2007, the percentage dipped to 62. This year, about 50 percent of schools made AYP. With No Child Left Behind's stated goal of...

2008-08-06 09:00:50

By Berny Morson Democrats seeking Colorado's 2nd Congressional District seat would sharply restructure the No Child Left Behind Act. All three Aug. 12 primary candidates - former state Senate President Joan Fitz-Gerald, former Colorado Board of Education member Jared Polis and conservationist Will Shafroth - say they would modify testing and the way test results are used to rate schools. They also would boost federal funding for education, now about 8 percent of Colorado's school...

2008-08-06 09:00:50

By Jim Cook, Dothan Eagle, Ala. Aug. 6--Wicksburg High School has the highest graduation rate of any Houston County School, but recently released reports say Wicksburg High didn't meet federal No Child Left Behind act goals while county schools with lower graduation rates did. Behold the genius of education bureaucracy at work. High schools throughout Alabama are struggling to meet NCLB goals for graduation rates, and while part of the reason is performance-related, some schools can...

2008-08-06 03:00:47

By Dan Hardy and Dylan Purcell, The Philadelphia Inquirer Aug. 6--Every school year, at hundreds of high schools across Pennsylvania and New Jersey, students are asked -- and sometimes required -- to take a vocational aptitude test with a strange-sounding name -- the ASVAB, which stands for Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery. Since Vietnam, the test has been a powerful peacetime recruiting tool for the Pentagon; hundreds of thousands of student scores have routinely been sent to...

2008-08-06 03:00:47

By Raviya H. Ismail, The Lexington Herald-Leader, Ky. Aug. 6--Fayette County's five high schools and most of those in surrounding counties failed to meet federal No Child Left Behind goals, according to data released Tuesday. Fayette County's Bryan Station High became the only school in the district to fail six years in a row, but students won't get the option of transferring to a better-performing school because no other high school in the county passed. Overall, Fayette's public...

2008-08-05 21:00:19

By Raviya H. Ismail, The Lexington Herald-Leader, Ky. Aug. 5--Nearly three-fourths of Fayette County public schools met their federal No Child Left Behind goals, but none of the district's five high schools -- including Bryan Station High, which failed for the sixth year in a row -- met targets. While district schools made steady progress, gains may not be fast enough to meet the federal mandate of getting 100 percent of students to reach proficiency by 2014. "Our people are working...

2008-08-05 21:00:19

By Raviya H. Ismail and Linda J. Johnson, The Lexington Herald-Leader, Ky. Aug. 5--Kentucky schools struggled to meet tougher federal No Child Left Behind goals this year. Only 70 percent of schools met targets -- a drop from last year when more than three-fourths of schools reached goals, according to data released Tuesday. Of the state's 1,174 public schools, 354 didn't meet NCLB targets this year. Of those, 34failed to meet goals for six or more consecutive years. The federal...

2008-08-05 18:00:33

By Anne Williams, The Register-Guard, Eugene, Ore. Aug. 4--With higher academic hurdles to clear in 2007-08, more Oregon schools stumbled under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, Superintendent of Public Instruction Susan Castillo announced Monday. Just 61 percent of schools met so-called Adequate Yearly Progress standards, compared with 74 percent the previous year, according to the state's preliminary report. The difference was starkest with elementary and middle schools,...

2008-08-05 15:00:52

By Betsy Hammond, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore. Aug. 5--More than 430 Oregon schools failed to reach federal performance targets this year, the worst showing in six years under the federal No Child Left Behind law. The poor showing was caused by falling test scores in middle schools and a higher bar for schools to jump this year, according to Tony Alpert, director of assessment and accountability for the Oregon Department of Education, which issued the ratings Monday. Under No...


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