School progress targets unrealistic, Vermont official says

Monday, August 11, 2014

The state's top education leader announced this week that 97 percent of Vermont schools missed federal performance goals and called the ever-increasing standards a mission impossible.

"It is not realistic to expect every single tested child in every school to score as proficient," Vermont Education Secretary Rebecca Holcombe wrote in a letter to parents. "Some of our students are very capable, but may have unique learning needs that make it difficult for them to accurately demonstrate their strengths on a standardized test."

Holcombe took aim at the federal No Child Left Behind Act's annual performance targets in a letter posted Thursday at the Vermont Education Department website.

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