July 21, 2004 Extra Credit
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July 21, 2004

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In North Carolina this Year, Number of Schools Making Adequate Yearly Progress "Shot Up"

Under No Child Left Behind, states have set adequate yearly progress (AYP) benchmarks for all public schools as a way to hold them accountable for educating all students and closing the achievement gap. The following are excerpts from a recent article in The News & Observer highlighting preliminary results for North Carolina's schools, which show that there is an increase in the number of schools making adequate yearly progress this year:

"Fears that many schools would fail the No Child Left Behind requirements and face punishment turned out to be unfounded. …"

"Passing rates shot up across North Carolina this year. "

"All of Orange County's schools passed this year, compared to 18 percent last year. Chapel Hill-Carrboro's passing rate went from 29 percent to 93 percent this year. In Durham, 52 percent of schools passed this year, compared to 34 percent last year."

"In Johnston County, the rate jumped from 42 percent to 76 percent this year. Chatham County's passing rate went from 47 percent to 73 percent this year."

"Charlotte-Mecklenburg, the state's largest district, saw its passing rate go from 38 percent to 56 percent."

"In Wake, 91 of 126 schools passed this year, compared to 53 of 123 last year."


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