State Report Card for No Child Left Behind released


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DES MOINES, Iowa – The State Report Card is out for No Child Left Behind, and officials with the Iowa Department of Education say the law is the wrong fit for states and needs to be revised.

The federal law is the accountability system set up in 2001.

The 2013 report card shows that 64% of public schools missed Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for test participation and proficiency in reading and math.

That number is an increase from last year, which was 52%.

Director Brad Buck says the “one-size-fits-all system is unfair and unequipped to drive Iowa towards better outcomes for students.”

“There’s this whole sort of underlying and undercurrent of what all of this means and it feels arbitrary in how it works out because it’s guided as much by external factors in school as internal,” adds Buck.

StudentFirst Iowa State Director, Patti Link issued a statement after seeing the results of the report.

Link says the state can and must do better.

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