TEA Says Most Texas Schools Making Progress

8-11-05 - About 77 percent of Texas schools and 87 percent of school districts met federal improvement standards this year, the Texas Education Agency announced Thursday.

Under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, signed by President Bush in 2001, schools that receive federal poverty aid must show "adequate yearly progress."

This year, 149 districts and 900 campuses failed to meet those guidelines, the TEA said, with math performance the most common reason.

Of those schools, 122 must offer parents the option of transferring their children to another campus at the district's expense because they missed adequate yearly progress for the same reason two years in a row.

Sixty campuses missed adequate yearly progress for the same reason three years in a row and now must offer free tutoring to students from low-income families in addition to giving them a choice of transferring.

Three charter schools that have missed the guidelines for the fourth year in a row for the same reason must take even more serious corrective actions such as implementing a new curriculum.

In Texas, meeting adequate yearly progress means 53 percent of students in each of six subgroups _ black, white, Hispanic, poor, special education and limited English proficient _ must have passed the reading section of this year's Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills. At least 42 percent must have passed the math section.

Elementary and middle schools also must have a 90 percent attendance rate, while high schools must have at least a 70 percent graduation rate.

The federal education law sets the unprecedented goal of ensuring all children are proficient in reading and math by 2013-14.

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