Virginia schools struggle to meet federal testing targets

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The targets - called the Annual Measurable Objectives - are a set of minimum pass rates schools are supposed to reach on the reading and math Standards of Learning exams each year. They replace requirements created in 2001 by the federal No Child Left Behind law, and are meant to reduce achievement gaps between high- and low-performing schools.

Of the state’s 1,828 schools, 59 percent did not meet all of the objectives on tests taken last school year, according the data.

There’s an overall student target as well as specific goals for students grouped by race, income and ability. The rates will rise each year until 2016-17, when all those groups will need a 73 percent pass rate in math and a 78 percent pass rate in reading to be determined proficient in those subject areas.

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