State Department of Education Releasing First Data Set for School Progress Index

The School Progress Index replaced some of the stricter accountability criteria outlined in No Child Left Behind.

After receiving a federal waiver on some of the stricter accountability provisions of No Child Left Behind, the Maryland State Department of Education is sharing the first data on School Progress Index, the replacement criteria.

The statewide data will be released at approximately 10:30 a.m. during the department's board meeting on Monday, said William Reinhard, a spokesman.

"This will give us an idea of how schools are progressing overall to meet these new goals," he said.

Under the previous Adequate Yearly Progress measurement, schools not showing marked improvement on state assessments were given a "failing" designation and were targeted for restructuring.

Although Maryland schools have been dubbed the best in the country, one-third of them were considered failing per Adequate Yearly Progress in May, the Baltimore Sun reported.

Following a waiver granted in May, Maryland public schools are required to cut down the number of students who didn't pass the assessment in half by 2017.

"[Adequate Yearly Progress] was difficult to implement and unrealistic," Reinhard said.

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