Fewer Va. Schools Meet 'No Child' Benchmarks

Increased Standards Since 2009

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    Just 60 percent of Virginia's public schools met annual benchmarks in reading and mathematics under the No Child Left Behind law.

    That's lower than the 71 percent of schools last year, when the standards were lower and other benchmarks were measured differently.

    The Virginia Department of Education's preliminary figures show that 1,104 of 1,836 schools met all the "adequate yearly progress" goals in 2009-10, while 726 schools failed to meet the objectives. The status of six schools is pending.

    Officials say 132 schools still face sanctions after failing to achieve those goals.

    The goals were established under the federal education reform law that took effect in 2002. The figures are largely tied to improved student performance on the state Standards of Learning exams.