It would seem that the Parkers Chapel School District is the place to go in Union County as it was the only district countywide to fully meet No Child Left Behind Standards in the 2010-2011 year.
Only four schools in the county met the mandated 83 percent proficient in their Annual Yearly Progress benchmark exams — a figure slightly depressed from last year’s seven countywide. The trend is echoed statewide where last year 41 percent of schools met the standard as compared to this year’s 31.25 percent.
Educators blame the upward-sliding scale which increasing the percentage necessary to score proficient to meet standards each year. Last year only 74 percent was required by a school to pass, this year that number has been boosted to 83 percent, according to the Arkansas Department of Education.
More in tomorrow’s News-Times.