Two years ago, the federal government considered Von Tobel Middle School a failing school.
Only a third of Von Tobel students were proficient in math, and just a quarter of its pupils passed Nevada's reading assessment.
Under the stringent accountability system in the federal No Child Left Behind law, Von Tobel fell short of making “adequate yearly progress” in student test scores. As a result, the northeast valley school was classified by the U.S. Education Department as “in need of improvement.”
In fact, Von Tobel had been labeled “in need of improvement” for more than a decade after failing year after year to meet federal academic benchmarks.
That is, until last school year.