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37 schools get pass on federal education goals

37 schools get pass on federal education goals



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The state gave a pass to more than three dozen schools that didn't test well enough in math to meet the yearly goals of the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

State officials didn't have enough time last school year to completely rewrite state math tests to match Utah's new math core curriculum, so 37 schools were excused from the requirements.

Nearly 8 percent of schools reported as meeting the act's progress goals didn't actually do so. Those schools were allowed instead to appeal their failures because of confusion over the math tests and curriculum.

Those appeals allowed some schools to avoid sanctions they otherwise might have faced, such as having to bus students to better-performing schools or offer extra tutoring.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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