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13 of 19 area school districts not making AYP

In results released this week by the Minnesota Department of Education, 13 of 19 area school districts were labeled as not making adequate yearly progress on standardized reading and math tests.

The state tests are part of the requirements of the No Child Left Behind federal education law. Schools are considered to not be making adequate yearly progress if their students do not reach state goals in the annual tests.

The AYP goals are increased each year with the ultimate goal of having all children working at their grade level by the 2013-2014 school year.

Local school officials have said that the goal of the law is admirable but ultimately unrealistic. They also say that their students are making progress each year on the tests and on other measurements the schools use to gauge achievement. However, the progress sometimes isn't as much as the state expects.

School districts and individual school sites are measured on how well they perform overall and on how well certain subgroups of students fare in the testing. The subgroups include racial and ethnic groups, special education students, students with limited English proficiency and low-income students whose families qualify for free or reduced-price school meals.

If one subgroup of students does not meet the state goals, an entire school or district may be labeled as not making adequate yearly progress.

Of the 73 total school sites in the area, 37 did not make AYP. That number includes alternative schools and special programs. Of the 60 traditional school buildings in the area, 31 did not make AYP.

Schools that consistently do not meet AYP goals may face state sanctions.

-- Linda Vanderwerf

Linda Vanderwerf

I cover education issues for the West Central Tribune and have worked for the paper since 1995. I have worked in journalism since 1981.

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