The taint of failure could sully a majority of Texas public schools this summer under increasingly onerous federal education standards that no longer apply in most other states.
The No Child Left Behind Act this year requires that more than 90 percent of students in each school and district pass the state’s standardized tests in reading and math to meet federal accountability standards. Next year, the requirement is 100 percent.
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Federal math and reading requirements
For schools and districts to meet federal standards, a required percentage of all students must pass the state standardized tests. That threshold must also be met by each of the major student demographic groups, including African-American, Hispanic, white, economically disadvantaged, special education and limited-English proficiency students.
2012: Nearly half of Texas public schools failed to meet the federal standards for Adequate Yearly Progress, when 87 percent of students were required to pass reading and 83 percent in math.
2013: 93 percent of students in each school and district must pass reading, while 92 percent must pass math.
2014: 100 percent of students must pass in both subjects.