12 January 2010

No Child Left Behind in W.Va.

No Child Left Behind has been in effect in since 2001, but West Virginia has yet to see any appreciable impact on its graduation rate, The Associated Press reports.

AP cites an audit presented to lawmakers this week that assesses the state Department of Education on several key changes wrought by the sweeping federal legislation.

The auditors who conducted the study note that "the graduation rate has been flat for the last 10 to 15 years, at around 75 percent," the article said. "State test scores have also been mixed."

"Auditors also found most counties were not giving parents enough notice or time to switch their children to different schools, as allowed under the federal law," AP reported. "But schools are meeting federal guidelines for having highly qualified teachers."

The Charleston Gazette and the Charleston Daily Mail each focus on the graduation rate findings, though the figures had been reported in June and perhaps earlier.

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