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Schools in East Texas Don't Pass the No Child Left Behind Standards

POSTED: Wednesday, October 15, 2008 - 6:19pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 11:59am

LONGVIEW - This is the first year Longview I.S.D. and Pine Tree I.S.D. have not been considered "adequate" under the No Child Left Behind Act.

Representatives from both districts say they just barely missed the mark.

"It was pretty close, I think, for the number of students we have," says Debbie Connor from Pine Tree I.S.D.

The evaluations are based on graduation rates, attendance, and participation and performance for grades three through eight and tenth grade.

"Any one of those areas that fail to meet that standard can get you in an AYP nightmare," Jeff Dozier from Longview I.S.D. says.

"It was our math area that got us," Connor admits.

At Pine Tree, only five more students in one group, eight more in another, and thirteen in another needed to pass to meet standards.

At Longview High School, seventy percent of students needed to graduate, while only about sixty-nine percent did.

And in Special Education at Longview I.S.D., students needed improvement in two subjects.

Officials say one reason their schools didn't meet standards was because those expectations were raised this year. In fact, state-wide, only sixty-six percent of schools passed this year, while eighty-seven percent passed last year.

"So there was a tremendous drop. The reason was because of the additional tests that were required," Dozier explains.

This year, they're changing some things: like a new program at Longview High School to help students graduate and a more convenient tutoring schedule for students at Pine Tree High School.

"We've got to do what it takes to get kids through the system," Dozier says.

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