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More Missouri schools fail to meet standards on MAP tests

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By AP/KWMU

Jefferson City, MO – More schools in Missouri face sanctions because of newly released test scores. The data show 37% of Missouri schools failed to meet federal standards on the MAP test this year.

The federal No Child Left Behind Act requires schools to have all students proficient in reading and math by 2014. Each year, the percentage of students required to score at the proficiency level increases.

Brentwood, Clayton, Kirkwood, Ladue, Lindbergh and Rockwood were the only districts in St. Louis County to meet the goals this year. Orchard Farm in St. Charles County and Crystal City, Jefferson, Sunrise, and Windsor in Jefferson County also met the standards.

St. Louis City did not, which already has re-kindled the debate over a possible state takeover.

The number of schools that fell short also could have been higher because Missouri lowered the grading guidelines for some of the state's standardized achievement tests so students could more easily meet them.

Also, this was the first year that kids in more grades took the tests.

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