Greater Number of Ark Schools Fall Behind

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - More public schools in Arkansas failed to meet academic goals this year in math and literacy.

In all, 375 of the state's 1,087 schools did not meet requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act. That's 50 more than a year ago. Arkansas Education Commissioner Ken James says he saw the number coming.

James says the chances are great that the number of schools placed on the list of schools in need of improvement will increase each year because the bar gets higher each year.

Without improvement, schools could face penalties that include student transfers or even possible closure.

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