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70% of Kentucky schools make adequate progress under federal guidelines

70% of Kentucky schools are making adaquate progress under the requirements of federal testing goals.  This year's numbers are down a bit from last year.

Schools across the state are required to have a certain percentage of students reaching proficiency in reading and mathematics under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

While 70% of the schools are said to be making progress under the federal program, that's down from 78% last year. 

The Kentucky Department of Education says a rise in goals this year likely contibuted to a lower percentage of schools making the cut.  However, fewer schools this year across the state are subject to consequences.

But in Jefferson County, the state's largest school system, more than half of the system's 132 schools fell short of the goals.  41 could face sanctions.

And one high school -- Southern -- and six elementary schools will have to begin offering transfers because they failed to reach their goals for two years in a row.  They are Roosevelt-Perry, Rutherford, Shacklette, Stonestreet, Wheatly, and Young.

However, four elementary schools reached their goals and will no longer face sanctions.  The results are from testing conducted last spring.

There is a lot of debate about the No Child Left Behind Act.  Some critics say its not a fair way to measure academic success.

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