Report: Schools fail to raise scores

The federal No Child Left Behind law says by 2013 school year, all students must pass state tests in reading and math, but the problem is that half of states set steady annual goals for increasing the percentage of passing students while the other half, including California, set the bar very low.

That means, to catch up, they'll have to come up with big annual achievement gains from now on.

Schools that don't hit testing benchmarks face stiff consequences like transporting children to higher performing schools or paying for tutoring.


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