10 Pima County schools flunk federal education standards
September 5, 2007
TUCSON - Ten schools in Pima County are failing federal education standards
known as the Adequate Yearly Progress.
By failing the AYP, the schools face possible federal intervention that could
range from cuts in funding to complete school restructuring.
The failures at the Pima County schools range from providing assistance to
special education students in the Foothills to struggling students attempting to
learn English to several schools with failing attendance for students taking
Two major districts in Pima County did pass requirements. They are the Tanque
Verde Unified and Sahuarita Unified.
There are some bright spots. State officials said that only one in four schools
is failing now as opposed to one in three last year.
Across Pima County, 83 schools failed to meet federal requirements for the
2006-07 school year. That's a slight improvement from 2005-06, when 97 schools
failed to do so, education officials said.
"There has been a tremendous improvement," said Tom Horne, state superintendent
of public instruction. "We have had about a 20 percent drop in the number of
schools not making adequate progress."
School districts, schools and student groups are required by the federal
government to improve yearly, with a goal of 100 percent proficiency in math and
reading by 2014.
Adequate Yearly Progress is judged by the percentage of students tested and the
number meeting or exceeding reading and math benchmarks.