Federal law cites Westport school as not doing enough to educated students

It is now know why a middle school in Westport is on a list supposedly reserved for schools that are not doing enough to educate its students. The answer may say more about the No Child Left Behind Act than it does about the school.The No Child Left Behind Act not only compiles data on test results for each school but it compiles it for different categories such as race, family income and one for students with learning disabilities. And 95 percent of the students in each group have to take the test. The Bedford Middle School is on this list for one reason: only 45 of its 48 special education students completed the state mastery test for math. If one more took it, pass or fail, the school would not be on the list.Friday, the president of Westport's PTA stood behind the middle school and questioned the federal law, claiming she believes there must be something wrong with the act.A spokesperson for the Department of Education told News 12 Connecticut that it's a tough law, but we believe the 95 percent participation requirement is fair.

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