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CRCSD & "No Child Left Behind"

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- The grades are in, and the Iowa Department of Education says more than 64% of Iowa's schools are not meeting standards in math, science, and test participation - standards set by the No Child Left Behind Law

The legislation is sometimes difficult to meet, but we're doing what we can, Valerie Dolezal, with the Cedar Rapids Community School District.

Dolezal says their numbers are right in line with other districts in the state. According to the report, nearly 3 dozen schools in the district have been labeled 'schools in need of assistance' because of last year's performance.

Dolezal says though it's slight, there has been progress since last year.

 We've seen growth in all of our buildings in the areas of reading and math.

So what can be changed to bring the numbers up even more? Parents we spoke to say start with the law itself.

Waste of tax payer money, parents need to step up and take care of their responsibilities, said parent Gary Williamowski.

Williamowski isnt too happy with the law, and neither is Cassidy Davis. She says her struggling brother has felt the impact in school.

He probably could repeat a year to catch up and be where he needs to be, Davis said. Because of no child left behind he cant.

Now a parent herself, she hopes the law doesn't catch up to her kids by the time they're ready for that first day of school.

Are they going to be 75, 80 percent of kids that are falling behind? Davis asked.

This year, according to the law, 94% of students had to reach benchmarks in math and reading. In 2014, that number jumps to 100%.
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