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