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More than half of Jefferson Co. schools fall short of federal testing goals

More than half of the schools in Jefferson County fall short of federal testing goals.  But that's not a surprise to local school officials.

The Kentucky Department of Education says 7%-10% increase in goals this year likely contributed to a lower percentage of schools making progress.

Under the federally mandated No Child Left Behind Act, schools across the state are required to have a certain percentage of students proficient in reading and math.

But in Jefferson County, 74 of the 132 schools fell short of the goals.  41 of those schools could face sanctions -- that's the same number as a year ago.  The results are from testing conducted last spring.

There is a lot of debate about the No Child Left Behind mandate.  Some critics say its not a fair way to measure academic success.  For example, mentally disabled students are included in the testing, affecting the scores.

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.  The elementary schools are Roosevelt-Perry, Rutherford, Shacklette, Stonestreet, Wheatly, and Young. 

In Kentucky, 70% of the schools are said to be making adequate progress.  But that is down from 78% a year ago.

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