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Austin school district misses federal target, officials say

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Austin school district misses federal target, officials say

The Austin school district is unlikely to meet federal academic improvement standards for a second year because of unsatisfactory performance on state exams by special education students, district officials said Monday. The prediction is based on preliminary data, and district officials said a report being compiled by district staff was not immediately available. The federal school accountability ratings, which are being reworked this year, are usually announced in August. ... "The even money in Washington is that NCLB won't be changed this year," said Bob Wise, president of the Washington-based Alliance for Excellent Education and a former governor of West Virginia. Wise, whose group is pushing for reauthorization this year, said: "Whatever benefits NCLB has brought, and I think it has been very important to shine a light on problems, it doesn't provide adequate remedies to do something about them. It's a bit like a compact disc in an iPod world."
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