Report: Almost half of U.S. schools not meeting NCLB requirements
December 15th, 2011
02:32 PM ET

Report: Almost half of U.S. schools not meeting NCLB requirements

by Donna Krache, CNN
(CNN) A new report issued by the Center on Education Policy has some bad news for schools trying to meet the requirements of No Child Left Behind (NCLB).

According to the CEP, an estimated 48% of American schools are not making Adequate Yearly Progress, or what is known as AYP. This number is an all-time high and up from the previous year’s estimate of 39%. The most recent data was collected in the 2010-11 school year and the report notes that these are just estimates provided by the states. The official numbers will be released next year.

Under NCLB, states are required to set proficiency goals for students through testing or other performance assessments and report those metrics to the Department of Education. The ultimate objective is to meet the NCLB goal of 100% proficiency for all students in math and reading by 2014.

In September, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced that states could apply for waivers as a way to offer some flexibility regarding NCLB. That action has been met with both praise and criticism from policymakers, educators and parents.

Read the Center for Education Policy's full report on AYP Results for 2010-2011.

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soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. Gayle

    Offering waivers is an end around Congress who should have re-authorized NCLB in 2007. The waivers come with costly requirements that may or may not be part of the re-authorization. For states like Ca that are already cash strapped and don't fully fund their K-12 education obligations, it makes no sense to agree to and pay for things that may prove unnecessary in the long run. Congress: get your act together and re-authorize NCLB. Mr. Duncan: You should know better than to offer an end around Congress.

    December 15, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  2. Emily Richmond

    Is the AYP glass nearly half empty, or just over half full?

    December 15, 2011 at 3:28 pm |