35 schools beat odds to get off failing list

More than a thousand schools in Washington are failing to make adequate progress under the federal No Child Left Behind law, but a handful of others are beating the odds and improving enough to work their way off the growing list of failing schools.

Two in the Mid-Columbia -- Prosser School District's Prosser Falls Education Center and Walla Walla Public Schools' Alternative Education Program -- are among 35 in the state making enough academic progress to earn their way off the needs improvement list this year.

State officials said about 1,388 Washington schools were on the list of schools needing improvement in 2011. That's an increase of about 200 schools from 2010.

But that means 223 districts -- out of 295 -- were on the list.

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

To make adequate yearly progress, a certain percentage of students in a school or district must pass the state's reading and math tests each year.