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Middle schools fail No Child standards
Alaska Star
Rest of local schools pass; Comeau touts overall improvement in district

For the Star
Aug. 13, 2004

Both of Chugiak-Eagle River's middle schools failed to make the grade for the second straight year, according to the federal No Child Left Behind law.

Despite the two shortcomings, Anchorage School District officials say the overall report card for local schools is a good one, considering three additional local schoo...
Suit necessary for underfunded schools
Anchorage Daily News

(Published: August 14, 2004)
A group of parents, school districts, Citizens for the Educational Advancement of Alaska's Children and NEA-Alaska filed a lawsuit Monday in Alaska Superior Court. The suit charges that the state's funding of K-12 schools violates the Alaska Constitution for two reasons:

• Alaska does not invest enough money in its schools to provide an adequate education for all students and

• Alaska distributes what ...
State to Release Student Test Scores
Los Angeles Times
From Times Staff Writers
August 16, 2004

The California Department of Education today will release results of standardized tests taken by nearly 4.8 million public school students in grades two to 11.

The students took tests last spring tied to California's academic standards in English-language arts, math and other subjects.

As a measure of how schools and school districts are performing, The Times compiled results spanning four years of stand...
'Teaching to test' rises as more dig in for ISTEP
The Indianapolis Star
By Staci Hupp
[email protected]
August 16, 2004

Private test-prep consultants spend more time in the classroom as teachers spend less.

Pep rallies focus on September statewide exams as well as football games.

Training helps teachers counsel one another to face mounting ISTEP stress.

These are among the ways Indiana schools are retooling and spending millions to help students succeed when they face this fall's Indiana...
Under the new rules, Alabama schools flunk
Mobile Register
Sunday, August 15, 2004

A HURRICANE of numbers blew out of the Alabama State Department of Education last week, leaving administrators and parents to sort out how well their children's schools are performing according to a new set of rules.

And the answer is, badly.

Of 1,361 Alabama public schools, 1,042 didn't meet the standards defining "adequate yearly progress" under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

In Mobile County, only 26...
Lagging schools list may double
Star Tribune
James Walsh, Star Tribune
August 20, 2004

Minnesota's list of underperforming schools is expected to be twice the size of last year's when it is officially released next week, local school and state education officials acknowledged Thursday.

The main reason: For the first time, high schools and middle schools will make adequate yearly progress -- or not -- on the basis of test scores.

Last year, no traditional high schools and few middle sch...
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