The good news is 42% of K-12 public schools met the state's target score on the Academic Performance Index in 2008-2009. That’s up 6% from the previous year.
But fewer schools reached benchmarks set by the federal No Child Left Behind Act. State school’s chief Jack O’Connell says what’s especially discouraging is the number of schools that haven’t made “academic yearly progress” for two consecutive years…and now face federal intervention or “Program Improvement”.
“Now the news on this front is not good at all. For the 2009-10 school year, it’s a staggering 675 schools were newly identified for Program Improvement.”
That’s two-and-a-half times the number of schools that fell into Program Improvement the previous year.
O’Connell says there was also a slight narrowing in the achievement gap between white and Asian students and their black and Hispanic peers.