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Bridges4Kids LogoUrban, Poor Schools Most Likely Not to Meet NCLB Progress Standards
Gongwer News Service, July 10, 2003
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Most the state schools that fail to make required yearly progress standards are situated in Michigan's urban areas, and tend to have more poor students. So said a study released Thursday by the Michigan State University Education Policy Center.

Of the 216 schools in Michigan that failed to meet yearly progress standards, the study found that 85 percent were in urban areas.

Nearly half those schools alone are in Detroit, the study said.

Under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, all schools must show progress in math and reading test scores. Those that fail to do so by 2014 could face both state and federal sanctions.

Schools that so far have failed to meet the progress standards are considered priority schools, and the state has already begun action to help improve test scores in those schools.

The study also said that the schools on the list tend to be among the poorest in Michigan, with nearly three-quarters of the students at the schools eligible for free or reduced-price lunches, the standard measure of student poverty.

In addition, the study found the students in those poorly achieving schools are predominately non-white: almost 90 percent of them are minorities. In contrast, in schools that are meeting yearly progress goals only 25 percent of the students are non-white.

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