Nearly Half of MN Schools Not Meeting "No Child Left Behind Standards", Why It May Not Matter Much Soon

By KBJR News 1

September 30, 2011 Updated Sep 30, 2011 at 7:59 PM CDT

DULUTH, MN - (Northland's NewsCenter) - Schools across the state are failing to meet "No Child Left Behind" standards for improvement.
Reports came out today, showing half of Minnesota schools are not making adequate yearly progress.

Minnesota is known for having a strong education system.

Minnesota educational leaders argue the Adequate Yearly Progress Reports are flawed, because of the process.

The reports are based on the performance of students, compared to their counterparts, from the year before.

Educators say a school's "success" or "failure" can be decided by a small percent of students, and schools with larger low income, or minority populations, tend to land in the failing category, despite progress and success of the majority of students.

The Minnesota Department of Education is working with the federal government to find a better, more valid way to account for whether students and schools are achieving high standards.

This year's reports show the Duluth, Carlton and Hermantown Public School Districts did not meet Adequate Yearly Progress requirements, while Cloquet and Cromwell did.

Reforms for schools that are repeatedly not making progress can be costly, such as private tutoring, options to switch schools, or even closing schools.

The State of Minnesota did sign-up to opt out of the law which requires all students to be proficient in reading and math by 2014, but the waiver has not been granted.

Even if it is granted, testing won't go away.

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