Illinois school districts could be penalized if any of their schools don't achieve performance goals under a new federal law.
The "No Child Left Behind Act" sets up a series of sanctions for schools where children don't meet tough academic standards on tests. But it also holds their districts accountable as well.
Illinois presented its plan for responding to the year-old law late last week.
State schools Superintendent Robert Schiller calls the provision a, "very tough standard." He predicted that a lot of Illinois' 900 school districts could be singled out for improvement.
The law not only requires exemplary overall school performance. It requires standards be met by various groups, including minority students, those who are impoverished and those who are in special education.