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Arkansas Schools Not Making the Grade

A new report released by the Education Commission of states shows Arkansas schools are not keeping up with standards set by the No Child Left Behind act.

The report shows Arkansas has one of the highest percentages of schools not meeting those standards.

Out of more than a thousand schools in the state, 20% have been on the needs improvement list for at least two years and 6% have been on the list for at least three years. That makes Arkansas one of the states with the highest percentage of schools that need improvement.

School administrators in Little Rock say the comparisons might not be totally accurate. Suellen Vann, the district spokesperson says, "It`s awfully hard to compare across states when every state gives a different test. We don`t know if other states have a harder test or easier test than here in Arkansas."

Right now half of Little Rock`s 50 schools are on the list, but administrators say they`re working to bring test scores up, and many schools should be off the list by next year.

— KARK news


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