No Child Left Behind has placed the Arcadia Unified School District in Program Improvement, despite the district's history of strong performances on standardized tests.
This year, the district earned an academic performance index score of 929—well above the state target of 800.
However, the federal act, signed in 2002, requires districts to bring every student in all subgroups (minorities, economically disadvantaged and special education) up to proficiency level in both English and math by 2014, a goal generally recognized as "impossible."
In a letter found on its Web site, the district addresses parent concerns regarding Program Improvement and what that means for the district.
Patch has attached the letter to this article.