School Prepares to Offer Tutoring

From today's Metro section:

Preliminary test scores show that Fairfax County's Mount Vernon Woods Elementary School did not reach the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act for the second straight year, and school officials are preparing to offer tutoring for some students.

Fairfax school officials said yesterday that they are still verifying the test results but wanted to inform parents of those who would be eligible for tutoring. Students at the school, in the Alexandria section of the county, appear to have fallen short in reading, school officials said.

Under the No Child law, schools must meet benchmark scores on standardized reading and math tests.

Strict sanctions are imposed on failing Title I schools, which receive federal funds aimed at their high proportion of low-income students.

Typically, Title I schools that do not meet the mark for two years must allow students to transfer to higher-performing schools. Schools that fail to make progress for three years must offer private tutoring to low-income children.

This year, Fairfax schools are included in a pilot program that allows some districts to offer tutoring before giving students the option to transfer. Two elementary schools that have already started to offer transfers -- McNair Elementary in Herndon and Dogwood Elementary in Reston -- will continue to do so.

-- Maria Glod

By  |  August 18, 2006; 10:20 AM ET  | Category:  Schools
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