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Published September 30, 2011, 06:58 PM

EGF Schools Among Nearly 50% in MN Missing 'No Child' Grade

EAST GRAND FORKS, MN (WDAZ-TV) - Nearly 50 percent of Minnesota schools didn't make the grade on No Child Left Behind in 2011.

EAST GRAND FORKS, MN (WDAZ-TV) - Nearly 50 percent of Minnesota schools didn't make the grade on No Child Left Behind in 2011.

East Grand Forks Schools are on that failing list.

An overhaul of the No Child Left Behind education bill might be finished this fall.

But 2011 numbers are already out.

"I'm going to be honest, we fell short and didn't meet those expectations that are outlined by No Child Left Behind," EGF superintendent David Pace said.

All four public schools in the East Grand Forks School District did not meet adequate year progress requirements.

And they're not the only ones.

1,056 of Minnesota's 2,255 schools failed to make AYP toward the law's goal to have all students proficient in reading and math by 2014.

A bar that Pace feels has been set to high.

"When it was written with the expectation that every student was going to meet those goals and that we were going to ramp up by 2014 that 100 percent of those students were going to meet expectations, that is in reality unrealistic," Pace said.

Individual schools will meet benchmarks at different levels.

Pace says blame can't be placed on one person.

"We have to look at ourselves across the board, as a district, we can't point fingers at anyone. We have to point our fingers at the district, we have to make changes within our curriculum," Pace said.

The district is already making changes in the math and reading departments.

Working to make sure the academic standards that are expected of schools are being achieved in the classroom.

"If you don't make the changes to get off AYP thats the disappointing thing and we've already put some of those things in place," Pace said.

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