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Does the government, or third party, provide a definition for what constitutes a failing public school in the United States, K-12?

Are there government supplied, and potentially third party sources, for the number of failing public schools in America? Associated metrics would be helpful like the number of children impacted, percentages of total students, and trend analysis.

  • After looking at the definitions, or lack thereof in the literature, I am going to delete the question. Thanks Blip for trying. – K Dog May 25 '17 at 18:02
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This article quotes the Department of Education (emphasis mine):

Nearly ten percent of the nation’s schools – 8652 of some 91,000 – already face the first level of sanctions under the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). According to a July 1 press release from the U.S. Department of Education (DoE), the schools failed to make sufficient progress on state assessments. The 3.5 million students in those schools – all of which received ESEA Title I funds – are eligible to transfer to other schools.

Whether or not that particular definition of 'failing' (ie, calculating progress via state assessment testing) is universally agreed upon is, of course, up to debate and interpretation.

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I attempted to find more recent statistics but, alas, it appears that 15 years later, the louder narrative is how standardized testing is a poor measurement, so I'm not sure there's going to be stats to directly compare against the aforementioned ones.

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Does the government, or third party, provide a definition for what constitutes a failing public school in the United States, K-12?

Yes. But it varies from department to department, legislation to legislation, private entity to private entity. So while there are definitions of "failing school" there isn't a single, universally shared definition.

  • Please note that this is from 2001. Anything more current? – K Dog May 25 '17 at 17:19
  • @KDog ah, good catch. That might be dated. Let me see if I can find updated numbers. – user1530 May 25 '17 at 17:19
  • Keep the post though as it could form part of a trend analysis – K Dog May 25 '17 at 17:20
  • @KDog I tried. But can't find any direct comparison numbers today. The question might need to define 'failing' in a very specific way to find numbers that can be compared from one decade to the next. – user1530 May 25 '17 at 17:29
  • Are those sanctions related to some idea of "failing" ? The question asks for some idea of failure, which is missing here. – indigochild May 25 '17 at 17:33

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