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When New Jersey was given the opportunity to opt out of No Child Left Behind and set up its own standards, the assumption was it would challenge itself with a more realistic set of goals.
But according to an Associated Press report, the New Jersey Association of School Administrators says that hasn’t been the case.
According to the report:
About half the public schools in New Jersey did not meet the state’s new goals for student performance on standardized tests and will have to come up with improvement plans, state education officials said at a Wednesday meeting of school district administrators.
The number of schools falling short is higher than it was under the federal No Child Left Behind standards that the new goals replaced, but the consequences are far gentler.
Bari Erlichson, chief performance officer for the state Education Department, told a meeting of the New Jersey Association of School Administrators that the performance results would be available soon to each school. She said complete reports would be sent next month.