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Schools Fail to Meet National Test Standards

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The results are in and an overwhelming number of schools are coming up short. If you have a child in a North Dakota public school, you could be receiving notice that school hasn't met national requirements.

Schools are required to share results of the Adequate Yearly Progress report put in place with the No Child Left Behind Act. But, after we did some digging, we found the majority of schools aren't testing high enough.

Jeff Schatz, Fargo Public Schools Superintendent, said over the phone that most schools don't meet those testing standards.

Out of the 18 schools in his district, only Roosevelt Elementary and Longfellow Elementary had high enough test scores to meet what's called the Adequate Yearly Progress report, or AYP.

To view how each school in the Fargo Public School system tested, click the link to the right of this story.

The No Child Left Behind Act has consequences for schools that repeatedly miss the mark. In some cases, that could give you the option to transfer your student to a school with better scores.

That rule applies to schools receiving Title 1 funding, and if they fail to meet standards two consecutive years. Then, parents have the option of sending them to a school that is meeting standards. The district will pay transportation costs.

Many states say the AYP is not fitting to measure students' aptitude. Minnesota schools can wave these tests. Next year, North Dakota schools will use a different system.

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