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Pressure To Perform

Justin Richardson, Canyon I.S.D Justin Richardson, Canyon I.S.D

More pressure is on for area teachers to meet new federal deadlines that mandate all students must pass state testing in math and reading by 2013.

Canyon Independent School District is working to avoid government penalties, making sure all students succeed now and not later.

The federal No Child Left Behind law says that by 2013-14 school year all students must pass state tests. If not schools face severe penalties not the students. 

According to the Federal Education Department, close to half of the states have annual goals for increasing the percentage of passing students. The other half are having to make changes now because they have set their school's criteria too low according to the No Child Left Behind Law.

Canyon I.S.D official Justin Richardson says the district is confident that their students will pass.  "In the changing and challenging world. If we're going to get all the kids up to high levels of learning we have to be proactive" Richardson said.

Canyon I.S.D has 2 programs in place to help students get ahead. The professional learning committee and CSCOPE program, both focus on a student's individual classroom needs.

Richardson explains, "What are teachers do is go through and look at state standards. And start developing activities, questions and performances. They want to see that students do and show they've mastered the topic".

Schools that don't hit the testing 2013 quota are expected to make drastic changes such as tutoring, transporting students to better performing schools or even fire staff.

One way schools can avoid penalties is by proving they have reduced the number of kids failing by 10%.  Also, make progress in another area such as attendance.

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