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Posted at 10:52 AM ET, 08/12/2010

6 out of 10 Va. schools hit NCLB targets

By Washington Post Editors

Six out of 10 Virginia schools met or exceeded federal benchmarks under No Child Left Behind during 2009-10, according to results released Thursday by the state Department of Education. That's down from 71 percent last year.

State officials said the decline was due, in part, to new higher benchmarks related to high school graduation and the testing of students with disabilities.

Sixty percent of the state's 1,836 public schools earning accountability ratings during 2009-2010 made “adequate yearly progress” (AYP) by surpassing objectives in reading and math and meeting other indicators of academic progress, compared with 71 percent last year, according to a news release.

The schools that made AYP include 928 that also met all benchmarks during 2008-2009 and 171 schools that did not make AYP last year. Of the 726 schools that did not make AYP this year, 385 made AYP last year.

“The aggressive objective for graduation set by the Board of Education and the change in federal special education policy were factors as the number of schools and school divisions making AYP declined — even though overall achievement was steady in reading and up in mathematics,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia I. Wright said in a statement. “These results send a clear message about the importance of graduating more students within four years.”

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By Washington Post Editors  | August 12, 2010; 10:52 AM ET
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