Most Houston-Area School Districts Fail U.S. Standards

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Friday, August 10, 2012

Nearly all the school districts and some elite schools in the Greater Houston area failed to meet tougher federal academic targets this year, confusing parents, frustrating educators and prompting calls for changes to the No Child Left Behind law.

Preliminary data released Wednesday by the Texas Education Agency show that 71 percent of districts and nearly half of all schools statewide are falling short under the federal system.

The failures spiked sharply from last year, when a quarter of the state's schools were unable to meet the standard, called "adequate yearly progress," or AYP.

Debbie Ratcliffe, a TEA spokeswoman, urged parents not to panic.

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