In Rockingham County, Wilbur S. Pence Middle School missed the "No Child Left Behind" benchmark. This is not a huge concern for Dr. John Kidd, Rockingham County Schools Superintendent. Kidd is the former president of the Virginia Association of School Superintendents. He says he's not the only one who thinks the pass rate is unfair.
"We're having schools singled out as being deficient while we're flying this ship before the alterations are made. And that's not a good situation," said Kidd.
Kidd says he believes there's too much focus on the idea of pass, fail.
"The federal government did not take time to take a look at the different standards," said Kidd. "They just said what that pass rate has to be."
Kidd believes the Federal Government could learn some lessons from Virginia.
"Some tests have even been changed because they recognized very quickly that the test was far too difficult for the population of kids taking the test. The federal government needs to do the same thing," said Kidd.
Now he, along with other administrators, is working to have the government revise the No Child Left Behind law.
"We have listed a group of concerns and given them to our law makers. Have you received anything back? We have not received anything back yet," said Kidd.
Dr. Kidd suggests that along with the tests, individual evaluations should take place. As far a removing the tests completely, he said they're here to stay.
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