With No Child Left Behind Overhaul Stalled, More Schools ‘Failing’

AYP measures the percentage of students making certain target scores on standardized tests in reading and math and graduation rates — regardless of students’ growth. For example, if a student grows two grade levels during a school year but is still below the NCLB-set bar, his scores count against the school’s AYP rating.

via With No Child Left Behind Overhaul Stalled, More Schools ‘Failing’.

Another snip:

“Everyone knew this day was coming, and now it is upon us, and we need to have an open, honest debate about the consequences of a law that will label a majority of our schools as failing,” Justin Hamilton, press secretary at the U.S. Department of Education, said in an email.

I honestly don’t know how this is supposed to get better. We keep throwing money into schools in low income areas and I do believe that helps but obviously, it doesn’t help enough to change deeply seeded needs and issues. The fact of the matter is that many, many students are showing growth – just not enough to meet the NCLB requirements.

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