It may still be summer vacation but school districts across the state got report cards Thursday from the federal government and the grades weren't good.
For the first time, more Texas schools -- 66 percent -- failed to meet the federal "Adequate Yearly Progress" standards which are a key component of the No Child Left Behind law.
In Bexar County. only three of 16 districts met the standards.
Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD was one of the districts to make the grade.
"Of course we were ecstatic. There was a lot of jubilation and we haven't come down off of that yet," said Superintendent Greg Gibson.
SCUCISD didn't meet those same requirements last year. They didn't want to fail again so they made it one of the top priorities for the district.
"I think by setting that as a goal and us staying focused on that goal, it kept our attention to it and we monitored our data regularly to make sure we were on track," Gibson said.
Meeting the federal standard isn't easy: 87 percent of students must pass the state reading and English language arts test while 83 percent have to pass the Math test.
Each year, the requirements get harder.
By 2014, 100 percent of students must pass to meet the standard. Many educators believe that is an unrealistic goal.
"For the coming year, we can meet it one more time," Gibson said. "It's the year after that we think it becomes unrealistic."
Pascual Gonzalez of Northside ISD said this was the first year they failed to meet the AYP. At least five NISD schools are now facing sanctions after failing to meet the standards for two years in a row.
Like others in the education business Gonzalez said it's not the kids who have failed, it's the system. Many educators believe the AYP is not an accurate measure of student performance.
"The standards we feel for No Child Left Behind are unreasonably high," Gonzalez said. "When you have the vast majority of schools in Texas not meet AYP, that tells you that the AYP measure is wrong."
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