The latest test results show more than 2,500 individual schools in Illinois failed to meet federal performance standards. That amounts to 66 percent of all schools in the state. State schools superintendent Chris Koch says it's a flawed standard, that doesn't recognize when students improve. He notes that only eleven high schools made the grade. Koch says Illinois is hopeful its petition to get out from under the No Child Left Behind law will be approved:
"But the bottom line is that we are in a transition period in education, and specifically in terms of how we view a student and a schools' performance."
Koch says Illinois is developing new ways to measure student peformance, like a kindergarten readiness survey. New standardized tests for older children, that are supposed to be more comprhensive. Data released by state education officials continues to show a big dropoff in scores when students reach high school. The report also shows almost 50 percent of all students come from low-income families.
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