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Most area schools fail 'No Child Left Behind' tests

Posted July 21, 2008
Updated July 22, 2008

— Less than a quarter of Wake County public schools met targets for student performance set by the federal No Child Left Behind Law, reflecting poor performance on the annual evaluation across the region.

Seventeen percent of Durham schools met the adequate yearly progress, or AYP, standard, and 33 percent of schools in Orange and Cumberland counties met AYP. Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools posted the highest achievement rate across the region at 59 percent of schools meeting AYP, followed by Chatham and Wayne counties at 53 percent and Johnston County at 50 percent.

The results are considered preliminary since they don't include new end-of-grade reading tests implemented in grades 3 through 8. The preliminary results include the AYP targets for math participation and proficiency and reading participation.

Education officials blamed the low achievement rate on a 12 percentage point increase in the state's proficiency target for math in elementary and middle schools. The goal of No Child Left Behind is to have all students achieving at grade level by 2014, so the state ups the goals periodically.

For example, Wake County school officials said a larger percentage of local students showed proficiency in math in 2007-08 when compared with the previous year, but fewer schools met the higher proficiency standard.

"Is this alarming news? I don't think so. Is this news we should take seriously? Absolutely," said David Holdzkom, Wake County's assistant superintendent for evaluation and research. "We know that everytime there has been a rise in the benchmark, more schools have failed to achieve."

Under the No Child Left Behind Law, schools must meet all AYP targets to attain adequate yearly progress. Any school receiving federal funds that doesn't make AYP for two years in a row in the same subject must offer its students the option to transfer to another school.

"When you don't (make the grade), you can't help but feel a little sad about that," said Vicki Perry, principal of Raleigh's Harris Creek Elementary School, which failed to meet AYP the last two years but met the math standards this year.

Fourteen Wake County schools must offer students the transfer option this year. Perry said few parents took that option at Harris Creek Elementary last year, and the school spent the year giving students who needed help individual attention to raise math scores.

"This year, we may be seeing a light at the end of the tunnel," she said.


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  • dlmagoo2 Jul 23, 2008

    icegirlncsu... I have the same problem with the system. My 14yo is autistic and while he is going into 8th grade, he
    honestly can't pass the EOG's because they are grade level...

    The only reason he didn't get held back in 5th grade was because he had been in 3rd. I think it's asinine to think that a child with definite delays and doesn't even do grade level work can honestly pass the grade level EOG.

    But yet, they keep heaping more and more on the older children so that they can graduate. My 10th grader is going to be the first class with that Senior Project.. are you kidding me?? it's a pass/fail project, but my guess is that MOST of the kids either.. WON'T do it or CAN'T do it due to 1 reason or another.

  • daisey Jul 23, 2008

    Scorekeep: As a former teacher, I would disagree. Yes, you can't strike due to us being a right to work state. However, the ncae lobbies heavily and has lots and lots of money to do so.As for the NEA....they have much power as well. If they weren't so powerful, why would the presidential candidates seek to get their endorsement?

    The NCAE and NEA endorses candidates and spend money on said candidates.....doesn't that equate power? They are also the ones who started up the Dept of Education. Go to their website and check out what they are for and against. See what party it mirrors: no school vouchers, no teacher accountability, no parental choice.


    Read some articles about this benign organization.

  • scorekeep Jul 23, 2008

    Daisy, the NEA is a powerless "union", at least in NC. The NEA does nothing for the educators across the USA. It is there for lobbying purposes only. The NEA cannot call a strike, cannot bargain for anything, cannot do a thing about teacher contracts, does nothing for teachers in NC.
    Again, state employees cannot form a union in NC.

  • daisey Jul 23, 2008

    Scorekeep:The NEA and the NCAE are ASSOCIATIONS, not unions. State employees cannot form a union in NC nor have a collective bargainig agreement.

    Uh, the NEA is a Union...is listed as a Union and in other states you are required to join.

    The National Education Association (NEA) is the largest labor union in the United States, representing public school teachers and other support personnel, faculty and staffers at colleges and universities, retired educators, and college students preparing to become teachers. The NEA has 3.2 million members and is headquartered in Washington, D.C. It employs over 550 staff and had a budget of more than $307 million for the 2006–2007 fiscal year. Reg Weaver is the NEA's current president. NEA is both a professional association and a labor union (though it is not a member of the AFL-CIO or other trade union federations).

  • scorekeep Jul 23, 2008

    For TheAdmiral-Why are you not teaching in the public schools?

    The NEA and the NCAE are ASSOCIATIONS, not unions. State employees cannot form a union in NC nor have a collective bargainig agreement.

  • TheAdmiral Jul 22, 2008

    "Not all students are interested and no matter what schools do, some will never be interested."

    Again - if the program is boring - they are not going to be interested. The school system is supposed to put everyone on an equal basis when it comes to education. If they can not do that then it is up to the system to change to allow the individual to grow.

    The school system for 50 years has remained the same. After 1989 when the economy changed the school system never did. And they are still stuck in that education system. They have been pitching the same ton of terd to the public with the sheeple just rubber stamping bonds and taxes.

    The evidence is irrefutable. Throw more money at the problem, and the problem does not go away. The problem remains.

    The School system has 4 things that it teaches. Reading, Mathematics, Science, and History. When they come to me they have 122 possibilities.

    Your right - there is no comparison at all.

  • TheAdmiral Jul 22, 2008

    "Third, where is NC going to get teachers to replace the "baggage"? There is a 5000 teacher deficit each year in this state."

    Well truthfully, I don't care where they get them. You have to get rid of the bad to do any good. Let me ask you - Think about this baggage as Cancer. Do you keep the cancer in the system until it kills you or cut it out.

    We need to carve out the bad under performing teachers and put people who have interest in the education of kids and not the PC BS that is killing the education system.

    "You do make a good point concerning diversity. As far as interest in the subject-teachers are very interested and they make the subject interesting as far as the NCLB will let them."

    I will always stand by that remark until I have been proven across all lines that it is not so.


  • TheAdmiral Jul 22, 2008

    "What a comparasion."

    Yes, considering that almost 90% of the Scouts graduate High School. The other 10% have the LIFE skills to do other things.

    "Are any of your 26 scouts bussed across town so your group can be racially diverse? You are off base so many ways it is laughable."

    No need to - they come to me. I am a magnet school. Parents tell me that they learn more and mature more than any school the kids have been in.

    "First, his state has no teacher union."

    Really? Then what is NEA? What is NCNEA?

    "Second, most secondary teachers have 90 or more students."

    That is no excuse - that is a rationalization. You can't tell me that teachers of the past had more personality and actually cared more about the kids than today. Errr... Maybe that is what you just said...


  • TheAdmiral Jul 22, 2008

    My scouts have a test often - more than once a month. They learn, then they practice, then they teach, then they go up a rank.

    It is not a concept that is too hard to understand. What most fail to understand is this:

    1. If you have a program that is boring or not keeping the kids energized, then that is the teachers fault - no one elses. You have to put the effort in to get results out. Education is no different than any thing else.

    2. I have scouts who don't want to be there. But then again they don't want to miss it because I keep them entertained while they get a check mark on the accomplishment ladder.

    3. I have scouts who come from Angier AND Raleigh for the program. Say that about any of the school "Economic Bussing" Most of my kids don't have a nickle to rub together.

    4. I have Hispanic, Black, White, American Indians in my group. Can you say that of the school system?

    5. I can hold the attention of 500 kids and make them do things that one can't do in a class.

  • scorekeep Jul 22, 2008

    "Eliminate welfare, free lunches, and forced busing and in 15 years things will get better"

    Wrong, it will take one semester.