Saturday, September 1, 2012

AP: Two Report Cards, Different Grades for Idaho Schools

Posted By on Sat, Sep 1, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Depending on which report card you read, either some Idaho schools are performing inadequately or they're among the best educators in the Gem State.

The Associated Press' Jesse Bonner reports that recent No Child Left Behind rankings indicate that more than one-third of Idaho's public schools didn't meet "adequate yearly progress during the 2011-2012 academic year." The reports were released Friday by Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna.

But Luna wants out of the No Child Left Behind system, passed into law during the administration of President George W. Bush. Luna has asked for a waiver from the Obama White House, and that request is still pending.

Meanwhile, Luna has unveiled a new five-star rating system, which is also awaiting federal approval.

The AP reports that under the new system, more than half of Idaho's 648 schools have earned four or five stars.

Examples of the contradictory ratings are the Challis and Riggins school districts. Both were ranked as four-star schools by Luna's system, yet both were also singled out in the No Child Left Behind rankings as schools that didn't make adequate yearly progress.

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