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Two Elementaries Fail Federal Guidelines

Two Elementaries Fail Federal Guidelines

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Copperview and East Midvale elementary schools failed to meet federal No Child Left Behind Standards, meaning parents of pupils in those schools can require the Jordan School District to transfer their children to higher-performing schools in the district.

It's unclear when and to which schools students will be able to transfer.

The transfer-with-transportation option results from the schools' failure to make two consecutive years of adequate yearly progress.

The two schools, which are both in Midvale, receive federal Title I funds because of their numbers disadvantaged students,

"It frustrates me to death because both schools have fabulous programs and fabulous teachers, and they've made tremendous progress with kids, who a lot of times come in with very low reading levels," said Lynette Phillips, the Jordan School Board member who represents Midvale. "I've never seen schools work as hard."

The law requires Utah schools to show that at least 65 percent of students in grades three through eight pass state language arts tests and 57 percent must pass state math tests.

Schools must meet the same pass rates for ethnic groups, students with disabilities, English learners and low-income students.

The law imposes increasingly stringent sanctions for each consecutive year a Title I school does not meet the requirements.

Copperview missed the standards this year because not enough special-education students or English learners passed the language arts test.

East Midvale missed in language arts for Latino students and for low-income students.

School officials say it's difficult for them to interpret this year's results and compare them with last year's because of changes to the standardized tests and the regulations governing how adequate yearly progress is measured:

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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