Fewer Schools Meet Goal in Testing
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PALM DESERT - New numbers out Wednesday show Coachella Valley schools did not perform quite as well this past school year compared to the previous year.
The Accountability Progress Report shows fewer local schools met state and federal targets for the 2010 to 2011 school year.
Here are the numbers valley wide just 21 percent of local schools met federal goals, while 42 percent of them met state targets.
The year prior, 25 percent of valley schools met federal targets while 50 percent met those of the state.
Among the highlights, 16 schools in Desert Sands Unified and 7 schools in Palm Springs Unified exceeded the states target score of 800. 31 schools met the states growth target. Eight schools entered program improvement which means they missed federal expectations for two years in a row.
One school in La Quinta, Benjamin Franklin Elementary School, had its state score invalidated by the California Department of Education.
According to Desert Sands Unified School District assistant superintendent Sherry Johnson the scores were invalidated because of an "adult irregularity" with testing procedures.
Johnson told KMIR6 that allegations of cheating on the tests are false and that students were not given answers. Johnson added that the district conducted a thorough investigation into the incident.
For a look at how your student's school scored, go to the California Department of Education, and type in your school's name.