Making the Grade?

Dozens of schools in the sunshine state that were given the thumbs up under the federal "No Child Left Behind" law are now learning they aren't making the same grade as they once thought. That's because an error was made in determining adequate yearly progress.

Statewide, the status of more than 300 schools will change, five of those are right here in Leon County. Only about one in four Leon County schools is making adequate yearly progress, based on the standards set up under Florida's "No Child Left Behind" act. Those numbers could change, now that Florida's Department of Education has recalculated the scores.

The news is good for one Tallahassee school. Reudiger Elementary is not only a school by Florida standards, but it turns out they are making adequately yearly progress under the "No Child Left Behind" act.

Originally Ruedigar was among the 77 percent of Leon County schools who failed to make adequately yearly progress, which is still better than the state average. Now, statewide 58 schools hang in limbo of loosing students next year, because they've failed to meet federal requirements two years in a row.

The failing schools have 30 days to appeal the ruling. Those schools are Hartsfield, Astoria Park, Killearn Lakes, Chaires, Springwood, Desoto Trail, Buck Lake, Canopy Oaks and Deerlake Middle School.


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