Most N.D. Schools Don’t Meet Set Goals

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Friday, June 1, 2012

Only about a third of North Dakota public school districts met federal goals in reading and math this past school year, according to a new report from the state Department of Public Instruction.

Of the state’s 178 school districts, 67 made “adequate yearly progress,” a measure of how students in those districts perform on standardized tests.

But school districts are actually doing better than they were several years ago when the number making AYP was higher, according to DPI’s director of standards and achievement, Gary Gallagher in a Wednesday interview.

Simply put, the bar has been raised regularly in the past decade of testing required by the federal “No Child Left Behind” law, he said. “The general reason schools are not making AYP is that the expected achievement goals are quite high.”

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