Published reports indicate almost half of public high schools in Montgomery County failed to make the grade on statewide tests this year.
The federal government's No Child Left Behind law requires schools to meet annually increasing education performance targets each year. Officials with the Maryland State Department of Education say 12 of 25 high schools in Montgomery County did not achieve adequate yearly progress on the NCLB High school assessments for reading and math.
The schools include Albert Einstein, Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Clarksburg, Magruder, Gaithersburg, Kennedy, Montgomery Blair, Northwood, Sherwood; Springbrook, Wheaton, and Richard Montgomery.
Six of the 12 are classified as "school improvement," indicating a failure to meet the testing goals for two consecutive years. A school that misses the target for more than two years could be subject to corrective action and staff restructuring.