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No Child Left Behind, But Maybe Some Illinois School Officials

By Margaret Lyons in News on Sep 28, 2004 9:19PM

2004_09_28.nclb.jpgInterim State Superintendent of Education Randy Dunn announced Monday that data for the 2003-2004 school year, used to produce the Illinois State Report Card, is inaccurate and district officials will be given another two weeks to correct the errors.

This is the third year in a row this data has been incorrect--sheesh!
Last year the Illinois State Board of Education released report cards mistakenly identifying almost 400 schools as failures according to federal standards set by the No Child Left Behind Act. State officials acknowledged the mistake after a 6-month $300,000 appeals process. Most of the errors were found in accounting for test participation and students' racial backgrounds. The errors in this year's data appear to be similar inaccurate numbers identifying ethnic and income composition, and special education and ESL students.

So big-ups to Randy for saving Illinois $300,000 dollars--get it right this time, the board has had two years. But maybe we need to give school officials a break. They probably just fell asleep in math class. Who hasn't done that? I mean, it was fifth period and tag during recess was always heated yo!
(Thanks, Sam!)