California elementaries not on track to meet AYP targets in 2014

10/12/2008 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

California elementary schools on average have boosted student proficiency by less than 4 percentage points annually since 2003, indicating that few will meet adequate yearly progress this year as the state requires a 11 percentage-point jump in proficiency rates, according to research led by a professor at the University of California, Riverside. "We're hitting a balloon payment scenario, to use a housing analogy, where the expectations set forth in the federal law are far higher than recent performance levels," said lead researcher Richard Cardullo.

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