82% of Districts Did Not Make AYP

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- The results of Illinois’ state report card are in and it shows fewer schools are making adequate yearly progress under the No Child Left Behind Act. In fact, 82% of school districts did not make AYP last year.

In Rockford, 62% of students met or exceeded in all subjects. Freeport, Harlem, and Belvidere did a little better. The goal is to have 85% of students meeting or exceeding.

Even though many schools didn't make AYP, some are showing improvement. Like east high school. In 2011, about 31% of students met or exceeded, and this year, 38% did. The U.S. Department of Education is currently reviewing a waiver application, so Illinois can implement its own evaluations. The State Superintendent says No Child Left Behind is a one-size fits all approach.

Improving Rockford’s report card is one of Dr. Ehren Jarret's many goals. He was just named superintendent of Rockford Public Schools, and while he doesn't officially start the job until the summer, he plans to get to work now.

"We're gonna be working hard to develop and advance our vision for what we want to do to improve the quality of the schools and we're going to continue to work on the high school academy implementation. Those are the two real heavy priorities moving forward," said Dr. Jarrett.

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