AUGUST 9, 2006 - Posted at 4:58 p.m. CDT
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Arkansas education officials today reported that about 30 percent of the state's public schools are failing to meet federal standards. The Arkansas Education Department said 325 schools failed to meet test-score standards under the federal No Child Left Behind Act. The state has a little over 1,100 public schools. The schools have thirty days to appeal the designation. If it stands, it means that some of the schools will face sanctions, including giving parents the right to transfer their children elsewhere at the school district's expense.
Each school must show passing scores for subgroups of students, including the poor, the disabled, and those with limited English skills, as well as white, black, and Hispanic students, according to information released by the state. Subgroup scores only count if there are 40 or more students in the subgroup in the school.