More Missouri Schools Fail to Meet Federal Standards

SEPTEMBER 1, 2006 - Posted at 7:46 a.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY, MO - Thirty-seven percent of Missouri schools failed to meet federal standards on state tests, meaning some could be subject to sanctions.

Data released today by state education officials say the number of schools failing to make adequate gains on state tests taken in the spring increased to 770 out of 2,061, up from 708 out of 2,035 in 2005.

The number could have been higher, but Missouri lowered the grading guidelines for some of the state's standardized achievement tests so students could more easily meet them.

Under the Federal No Child Left Behind Act, schools must work toward having all students proficient in reading and math by 2014.  Each year, the percentage of students required to score at the proficiency level increases.  Schools that fail to meet the yearly benchmarks are described as failing to make "adequate yearly progress."

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