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(Editor’s Note: Richard Page, Superintendent of Gravette School System, provided the following information concerning Arkansas’ School Accountability Standards.) GRAVETTE — On June 29, 2012, Arkansas received a waiver on specific No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requirements. No Child Left Behind was passed in 2002 and provided families with useful information about the performance of their children’s schools. However, NCLB’s rising targets led to an increasing number of schools deemed failing under the law. Arkansas’ approved accountability standards corrected many of the problems under NCLB. Instead of expecting all schools to reach 100 percent proficiency by the year 2014, the state’s accountability system measures progress by determining specific growth targets over time, a goal that is ambitious but more achievable than the NCLB goal. Under the new Arkansas accountability standards, districts and schools are placed in one of five accountability levels that are designed to support schools where students are st

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Sports, Pages 9 on 12/05/2012

Print Headline: Superintendent explains new state standards

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