JEFFERSON CITY (AP) -- Thirty-seven percent of Missouri schools failed to meet federal standards on state tests, meaning some could be subject to sanctions, according to data released Friday.
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education said the number of schools failing to make adequate gains on state tests taken in the spring increased to 770 out of 2,061 in 2006, up from 708 out of 2,035 in 2005.
The number could have been higher, but Missouri lowered the grading guidelines for some of the state's standardized achievement tests so students could more easily meet them.
Under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, schools must work toward having all students proficient in reading and math by 2014. Each year, the percentage of students required to score at the proficiency level -- which is determined individually by each state -- increases. Schools that fail to meet the yearly benchmarks are described as failing to make ''adequate yearly progress.''
The following local schools did not make preliminary AYP in 2006:
SIKESTON R-6 Morehouse Elementary*
Fifth Grade Center*
NEW MADRID COUNTY R-1
New Madrid Elementary*
Central High School
* receives Title I funds
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Source: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education