With two-thirds of schools around the state failing to meet Adequate Yearly Progress goals this year, a couple of local school administrators are looking toward the future. Illinois has applied for a waiver to the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. Most administrators say the Act has set unrealistic and in some cases, unattainable standards.
Southwestern Superintendent Brad Skertich says getting the waiver would be of great benefit.
Alton School District Assistant Superintendent Kristie Baumgartner agrees.
In addition to the 66% of individual schools not meeting AYP standards, State Superintendent Christopher Koch says 82 percent of Illinois districts failed to meet the mark, up from 80 percent last year.