State tests scores are up for California schools, but more schools are failing to meet federal proficiency goals, notes California Watch.
While the state accountability system credits school for improving, No Child Left Behind wants students to reach proficiency, which the state defines at a relatively high level. California’s “basic” would be “proficient” in many states.
The targets vary depending on the grade level. For example, for elementary and middle schools and districts to avoid being labeled as failing, 68.5 percent of students will have to score at a proficient level in math during the current (2010-11) school year; 79 percent will have to be proficient in 2011-12; 89.5 percent will have to be proficient in 2012-13; and 100 percent will have to be proficient in 2013-14.
Statewide, a third of districts are in “program improvement,” reports the San Jose Mercury News.
Only 40 percent of elementary schools and 26 percent of middle schools made Uncle Sam’s goal. Not all high school scores have been released, pending 2010 graduation rates, which are expected to be compiled in November.
By California’s standards, so many more schools are meeting the Academic Performance Index goal of 800 that Superintendent Jack O’Connell is talking about raising the goal.