Friday, April 17, 2009

More Indiana schools fail to meet federal standards

"No Child Left Behind is exactly the right thing to do,
and it's done exactly the wrong way,"
--- Superintendent Jim Mervilde

This from the Indianapolis Star:

As standards get tougher, many fail to meet goals

Parents and educators across Central Indiana faced conflicting emotions Wednesday as new ratings showed more and more schools failed to meet federal education standards.Every traditional public high school in Marion County and several prominent suburban schools failed to make adequate yearly progress under No Child Left Behind results released this week.

That raises questions of whether otherwise good schools are held to unreasonable standards or whether those standards will push schools to achieve more than they thought they could.

Under the federal law, schools will have to meet an increasingly higher target of students passing state standardized tests until 2014, when schools will be listed as failing unless 100 percent of students pass the tests....

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