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No Child Left Behind

by Sherrie Evans

In tonight's Assignment Education, our Sherrie Evans tells us more about how this program could impact school systems across the East.

Lou Fabrizio....with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction says of the 22 thousand and 50 school systems in our state. Last year only 56-percent met the strict requirements to be considered passing under the no child left behind act. He says if just one group of students aren't making the grade. The entire school suffers...The school is put on a watch list which could cause them to lose their accreditation. Many think this is too strict. Fabrizio says a pilot program will relax some of the requirements causing an entire school to pass or fail. "This growth component would then take another special look at students in particular groups. If a certain percentage of students are on target to be proficient, then the u.s. department of education says that school has made adequate yearly progress." What that means is a school will chart how individual students are doing, rather than specific groups. And even though some students will fail as long as that number stays low, the entire school will not be held back. Fabrizio says this will better show the schools that really need extra help. State education leaders are also submitting a proposal on what could help make the no child left behind act fair for all school systems. Sherrie Evans, Eyewitness News Nine, on your side.

The U.S. Department of Education is choosing ten states with the best proposal to be the test schools. Their decision is expected in May.

— Sherrie Evans
WNCT Channel 9
2006-02-16


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