Local Superintendents Ask For Test Recheck

Montgomery, AL – Some superintendents and principals in the state say hundreds of Alabama schools did not meet the new No Child Left Behind standards because of unfair test results. Birmingham schools Superintendent Wayman Shiver and others are appealing to state schools Superintendent Joe Morton for a second look at the results. Test results released almost two weeks ago showed that about 76 percent of the state's schools failed to meet the standards. But new federal standards require schools to test at least 95 percent of their students. And about 600 of Alabama's more than 11-hundred schools failed because they didn't have 95 percent of their students take each of the tests given. The state superintendent has set August 27th as the deadline for superintendents to challenge the results. State school board member Mary Jane Caylor of Huntsville says Morton should delay imposing any sanctions on failing schools until the results are rechecked.