LANSING, Mich. - The number of Michigan schools failing to meet standards set by the federal No Child Left Behind Act increased by 150 during the 2007-2008 school year, according to The Detroit News.

"While this shows that all schools are not where they need to be, or where we want them to be, 80 percent are meeting the higher goals and helping students achieve," Kathleen N. Straus, president of the state Board of Education, said in a press release, The News reported.

NCLB requires schools to achieve "Adequate Yearly Progress."

Those that fail face sanctions, The News reported. Schools facing first-time sanctions numbered 185 in 2008, up from 118 in 2007.

The biggest decline was among high schools, 241 of which achieved AYP in 2008, compared to 313 in 2007, according to Booth Newspapers.

SOURCES:
The Detroit News, "Report: Fewer Michigan schools met federal goals last year," Aug. 25, 2008

Booth Newspapers, "Number of Michigan schools meeting goals drops," Aug. 25, 2008

FURTHER READING:
Michigan Education Report, "Michigan adopts NCLB growth model," July 28, 2008

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