Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia students performed worse on federal benchmarks than they did last year.
Data released by the state Wednesday show that just 72 percent of schools made "adequate yearly progress" this year, compared to 77 percent last year. The dip was expected after the benchmarks schools had to hit to pass muster were raised this year.
The percentage of elementary and middle schools meeting standards fell, while the number of high schools went up slightly from 40 to 41 percent.
The percentage of schools in "needs improvement" status also increased from 13 percent to 16 percent. A school must miss targets two years in a row to be considered "needs improvement."
Schools that miss benchmarks face sanctions and lose some federal funding.
(Copyright 2011, The Associated Press)