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      Jefferson City Public Schools don't meet testing standards

      According a release issued on Thursday by Jefferson City Public School Superintendent Brian Mitchell, the district failed to meet the Adequate Year Progress goals set forth by the No Child Left Behind Act.The distrct did show improvement in many of the categories of MAP scores, but subset of students did not meet required testing scores, which resulted in the district not meeting AYP goals. Overall, our preliminary student scores showed improvement in both communication arts and math, and the district we improved in 11 of 14 Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) standards. We TMre pleased with the growth, and while we know that we must continually look for ways to help our students achieve, we also recognize that there are many ways to measure success besides the standards laid out by NCLB. Our ultimate goal is for every child to experience real success every day, and we believe that is happening in our schools, Mitchell said in a release. The percentage of students who should score proficient or advanced in reading and math increases each year for the goals. The state goal was 75.5% of students scoring at least proficient in communication arts this year while 72.5% of the students should score proficient or advanced in the math test. Eventually, the goal is for 100% of students to make the score by 2014. Under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, states are required to assess all school districts to determine if there is adequate yearly progress in testing goals. Jefferson City is not alone in schools that did not pass. Nearly 82% of the 523 state school districts did not meet their AYP goals.Tell us what you think. Do you agree with the goals set by No Child Left Behind? Do you think 100% is possible by 2014?