SALT LAKE CITY -- Seventeen low-income elementary schools in Utah are facing potential penalties after low test scores for two consecutive years.
The Deseret News of Salt Lake City reports (http://bit.ly/pW9EwH ) the number of schools that failed to meet performance standards mandated by No Child Left Behind more than doubled from 8 schools last year.
The State Office of Education oversees an improvement program for the failing schools that may include reforms, busing students to other schools or replacing the administration.
Schools must have two consecutive years of test scores that meet the standards to be removed from the improvement program.
This year, one elementary school in Provo was removed from the program after two years of sufficient progress.
The tests focus on core areas such as English and math.