Number of Ark. schools on improvement list grows

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The number of Arkansas schools not making adequate yearly progress under a federal law designed to improve education standards has increased.

The state Department of Education reported Friday that 407 Arkansas schools did not meet the No Child Left Behind law's minimum standards on math and literacy benchmarks and end-of-course exams for a second straight year.

Last year, 375 schools were on the list, and that was 50 more than the previous year. This year, the number of schools failing to make adequate progress for more than five straight years was 58, up by 17 from a year ago.

New state Education Commissioner Tom Kimbrell calls the numbers disturbing but says the state has launched a new "Smart Accountability" plan to help the schools on the list. --- Information from: Southwest Times Record,

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