State to defy No Child Left Behind, freeze annual standards

Jul 6, 2011 by

South Dakota Education Secretary Melody Schopp said today that the state will defy No Child Left Behind by freezing annual Dakota STEP performance targets at their 2009-10 levels.

The number of schools that fail to make “adequate yearly progress” was projected to grow dramatically in the next two years as the state raises its proficiency targets toward a 2014 goal.

Schopp said the Department of Education doesn’t have the manpower to intervene in so many schools, so they will stop raising proficiency targets.

“Without making these changes, we believe our accountability system, as it currently stands, would inappropriately label schools as failing. This situation would eventually trigger a number of NCLB-related sanctions that our department simply does not have the capacity to address,” Schopp wrote in a recent letter to the U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

Schopp is hopeful that giving delays in Congress in reauthorizing NCLB, Duncan will grant South Dakota a waiver for its AYP plan.

In addition to freezing AYP, Schopp said she will reduce the high school graduation target from 85 percent to 80 percent. NCLB changed the definition for graduation rates so that students who take more than four years to finish high school are counted the same as




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