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School annual yearly progress test results released


ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC)-- Friday the Minnesota Department of Education released its lists of schools that failed to make what the law calls "Adequate Yearly Progress" toward having all students proficient in reading and math by 2014.

Nearly half of Minnesota schools did not make the grade under the federal No Child Left Behind law in 2011, Rochester faired just below the state average.

Superintendent Munoz recognized that there as some significant progress. He said, "This year nine schools were not cited and one school moved from being cited last year to not being cited at all this year and four other schools showed improvements."

The law has been widely criticized for labeling too many schools as failures based on the test scores of small subgroups of students.

"AYP determination should not be seen as a red flag but rather an invitation to learn more." Munoz also said, "The best way to look at progress is to look at all the assessments the district uses. Track classroom work to visits with the teachers and principals and come into the school and truly see what's going on in our classrooms everyday."

A new waiver program could mean this is the last year the list will be released and earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Education announced it would grant waivers to parts of the law in exchange for states adopting certain education reforms. Minnesota plans to apply in November.

Rochester school board chair, Dan O'Neil stated, "As the standard moves up over the next couple of years to where the expectations by No Child Left Behind is a 100 percent of students will pass the two tests in reading and math. A hundred is virtually not attainable."

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