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Texas schools not likely to meet benchmark for No Child Left Behind policy

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AMARILLO, TX- The No Child Left Behind policy might be a 13 year failure and as the deadline approaches for all students to pass reading and math standardized tests, NewsChannel 10 went to find out what will happen to schools that can't produce results.

If your son or daughter currently attends a public school in Texas, chances are you've heard about the new STAAR test. It's an exam teachers focus year round on prepping students for. 

If you fail the test, there's a whole list of consequences including getting held back, summer school and extra tutorial sessions.

However, if the school fails, you might say they just get a slap on the wrist.

In 2001, Former President George W. Bush created the No Child Left Behind policy. On paper, it sounds like great plan by giving all public schools an ample amount of time to boost grades and pass state tests.

By 2014, NCLB set a 100-percent passing rate for reading and math exams.

According to Adequate Yearly Progress Reports, schools this year should be reporting an 87-percent passing rate in reading, along with an 83-percent passing rate in math.

However, the Texas Education Agency reports only 44-percent of Texas schools met this year's goal.

Earlier this month, the state announced it would be joining 30 others that have already asked for a waiver from the federal policy.

Texas plans to file all the paperwork in early 2013.

Whether the state files a waiver isn't the issue. NewsChannel 10 learned NCLB doesn't mandate any new punishment for not reaching its goal of 100-percent proficiency.

We also discovered no federal funds are cut off as a result of schools not meeting standards set forth in NCLB.

However, the Region 16 Center in Amarillo says if schools continually produce poor results, thy can be put on a 2-year probationary period.

NewsChannel 10 worked on this story with Bushland ISD Superintendent Don Wood.

Canyon ISD and Amarillo ISD said they did not have any resources available to speak with the media Thursday.

Calls to Amarillo ISD board president Jim Austin were not immediately returned.

Susan Hoyl, director of communications for the Amarillo ISD board of trustees told NewsChannel 10 she believed it was too late in the afternoon to find someone for comment on the policy. We placed a phone call into her around 3 p.m.

Hoyl never got back with us following our initial call.

Region 16 communications specialist Matt Koumalats sent us the following background information on No Child Left Behind: 

http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index4.aspx?id=4459&menu_id=798

http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=2147508285

http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=2147508286