Virginia schools performance falling short of federal standards

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — More than three-fifths of Virginia's public schools and 97 percent of districts failed to meet annual benchmarks in reading and mathematics under the federal No Child Left Behind law.

The state Department of Education says 697 of Virginia's 1,839 schools — or 38 percent — made adequate yearly progress under the federal law based on performance on state standardized tests in 2010-11. That's compared to 61 percent last year. As a state, Virginia failed to make adequate yearly progress for the second straight year.

To meet the latest benchmarks, schools and school districts must have 86 percent of students pass reading tests, and 85 percent pass math tests. Last year, it was 81 percent for reading and 79 percent for math.