Report notes increase in Maryland's failing schools
The number of Maryland schools that have not met federal standards and had to restructure has increased rapidly in the past year, according to a report by the Center on Education Policy. Twenty-nine more schools were added to the list, bringing the total number of schools in restructuring to 85 this academic year.
For the past five years, CEP has kept close track of how states are implementing No Child Left Behind. The report said that while Maryland's increase in schools in restructuring is notable, it is not unexpected because it has been five years since NCLB was initiated. So a school that wasn't meeting the standards has just that long before regulations say something radical has to be done to improve it.
A Maryland official, Ann Chafin, described this as a "bubble moving moving along" when interviewed by the authors of the report. Even so, the discouraging news is that we aren't finding many schools in this category that have improved a lot over the last few years.
CEP said only 13 schools have managed to improve enough to get out of restructuring. What is the most popular way to restructure a school? CEP says most schools are replacing all or most of the staff.
We will see if it works.