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1,388 schools in Washington don't reach progress requirements

The state on Tuesday also released preliminary lists of schools and districts that didn't make "adequate yearly progress," or AYP.

This measurement is used by the federal Department of Education, under the No Child Left Behind Act, to prod districts toward making all students proficient in math and reading by 2014.

The act is considered flawed by teachers and legislators alike, but has not been reformed even though all parties involved acknowledge that very few schools will be able to meet its goals.

Schools need to meet standards in 37 categories, which are stepped up every few years. If a school does not meet the standard in just one category, it has not met AYP.

This year, 1,388 schools -- about two-thirds of all schools in the state -- did not make the cut. That meant 223 districts -- out of 295 -- didn't make AYP.

Those districts included Richland, Pasco, Kennewick, Finley, Kiona-Benton City, Burbank, North Franklin and Prosser.

"I believe Congress should do its job," said State Superintendent Randy Dorn. "The system needs to be revamped."

States have been offered waivers to avoid loss of federal school dollars in 2014. Washington might consider that option, but is not committed to the requirements attached to the waivers, Dorn said.

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