Number of schools missing academic goals grows
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Eighty-nine Wisconsin schools along with the Milwaukee, Madison and Racine districts are on a list released Tuesday for repeatedly failing to meet the federal No Child Left Behind law.
The individual schools and the districts were identified by the state Department of Public Instruction as "schools identified for improvement" for failing to make adequate progress in the same category for two consecutive years.
Seventy-one of the schools receive federal anti-poverty funding, making them eligible for sanctions.
Those sanctions include letting parents transfer their children to better-performing schools in the same district, offering tutoring for students from low-income families and restructuring the way the schools operate.
Also, 228 schools and six districts were identified for missing at least one of the standards for the first time. That is up from 140 schools and four districts last year. The increase was attributed to tougher federal reading and math standards effective this year.
The six districts this year were Beaver Dam, Green Bay, Kenosha, Madison, Milwaukee and Racine.
The proficiency target increased from 74 percent to 80.5 percent for reading and 58 percent to 68.5 percent for math. All students are required to be proficient by 2014.
It is the seventh year in a row for the Milwaukee school district to be on the list for needing improvement. That is longer than any other district in the state. Of the 89 individual schools on the list, 61 were in Milwaukee.
Under No Child Left Behind, schools are evaluated on test results, graduation rates, test participation rates and attendance. Missing the mark in any category can put a school on the failing list. The district is judged on the collective tests scores.
School administrators and other critics of the law passed in 2002 have said that because of stringent requirements, every school will find itself on the list at one time or another.