Many Minnesota schools fail No Child act

Feb. 26, 2004 at 4:16 PM
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ST. PAUL, Minn., Feb. 26 (UPI) -- A Minnesota legislative report Thursday suggested that 80 to 100 percent of the state's school districts will not meet No Child Left Behind expectations.

The Legislative Auditor's report said that by 2014, a significant number of schools will have been listed as under-performing for at least five years, The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported Thursday.

That means they would face numerous penalties, ranging from changes in curriculum to possible state takeover under a proposal last month by Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

In Minnesota, a state that ranks at or near the top on many national student-achievement measures, the report's findings that so many school districts are considered under-performing may be unsettling to some.

The act -- passed by Congress two years ago and touted by President Bush -- requires yearly testing of students between third and eighth grades and sets proficiency expectations for schools and school districts. Schools that don't make what the law considers "adequate yearly progress" for three years must provide after-school tutoring and face stiffer penalties if they continue to lag.

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