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Approves Penalties for Low-Performing Schools
Nebraska State Board of Education approved proposed penalties for schools
whose students test below average in math and reading.
Under the preliminary regulations, low-performing school districts with
an "unacceptable" or "needs improvement" rating
would be required to improve to at least the next higher rating by the
following year to comply with No Child Left Behind or risk losing accreditation
and state funding. If students do not improve within three years of
the development of the plan, the districts would be placed on a one-year
The schools would present their improvement plans each year for state
review, and schools would be allowed to apply for a one-year hardship
Education Commissioner Doug Christensen emphasized that the State Board
is "sending a strong message to low-performing school districts
that immediate and intensive efforts are needed to improve assessment
quality and student performance."
The proposed rule revisions will be presented at a public hearing in
mid-February for reactions and possible modifications.
Source: Nebraska Department of Education (January 2004)
reported in The
Chairs' Headline Review published by the National
Association of State Boards of Education.
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