- Associated Press - Thursday, September 10, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A new report says more Iowa schools and districts are falling short of annual targets set through the No Child Left Behind law, and state officials say they want revisions to the federal benchmarks.

The report released Thursday says more than 1,000 schools out of roughly 1,330 in the state did not meet certain targets on student population and demographics. There was an increase in the number of schools considered “in need of assistance” on certain progress.

Department Director Ryan Wise says despite the report, he feels the majority of Iowa schools and districts are not failing. He says the law must be revised on the congressional level to develop a better system of accountability.

Several states have been granted waivers from components of the law, which passed in 2001.

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