A Nebraska District on List of Schools Not Meeting Progress Goals in NCLB

Friday, December 2, 2011

Chase County Schools (CCS) showed up on a growing list of Nebraska schools that failed to make adequate yearly pro­gress under the controversial No Child Left Behind law.

It’s the second consecutive year the CCS elementary grades made the list, said Supt. Matt Fisher, and the third time overall since the federal law was adopted about 10 years ago.

CCS is on the list of 136 Nebraska schools in the report issued last month. That number is a sharp rise from 61 schools in the 2009-10 school year.

In order to make the “list,” schools must not be making adequate progress two consecutive years in one or more of the “subgroups” of students.

In CCS’s case, Supt. Fisher said the subgroup not meeting the requirements are the grade 3-6 students in the “low socio-economic” subgroup.

That group includes students (grade 3-6) who receive free or reduced-cost meals, Supt. Fisher said.

That includes an estimated 35 to 38 percent of the grade 3-6 students at CCS. The CCS subgroup did not make adequate progress in reading only, he added.

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