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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Most ND school districts fail to meet standards

  • Fargo schools superintendent Jeff Schatz says all schools and school districts will likely fail progress reports next year because federal requirements are increasing.
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  • More than two-thirds of North Dakota's public school districts failed to meet annual federal education standards, and one superintendent says it's bound to get worse.
    The Annual Yearly Progress report released Friday shows that 126 of the 177 districts in the state either failed to meet the goals for math or reading, did not have enough participation in testing or showed substandard graduation rates. That's up from 111 of 178 last year.
    Of the state's 456 schools, 267 failed to meet standards of the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
    Fargo schools superintendent Jeff Schatz says all schools and school districts will likely fail progress reports next year because federal requirements are increasing. Schools are supposed to reach 100 percent reading and math proficiency levels by 2014, an increase from 92 percent in math and 93 percent in reading.
    Schatz tells The Forum newspaper (http://bit.ly/10bvkNI ) that the law needs to be changed.
    "You're going to continue to see other schools fail," Schatz said. "The way it's calculated, it makes impossible for schools to make it."
    Schatz said the Average Yearly Progress report is not the only way to assess students.
    "We do have students who do improve and do well, but that's hard to reflect when it's just one report," he said.
    Beth Slette, West Fargo's director of assessments and federal programs, said her district measures its improvement internally.
    "If they're not proficient, we want to see them making growth toward that," she said.

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