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meet higher standards DALLAS-Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) results from the Texas Education Agency show that annual increases in standards continue to cause challenges for Dallas ISD schools. For the fourth year in a row, criteria to achieve passing standards in the subjects of mathematics and reading increased significantly, up 8 percent in math to 83 percent and up 7 percent in reading to 87 percent. The federal reading standard is now nearly the equivalent of an Exemplary rating from the state system. All totaled, only one quarter of the district campuses evaluated met AYP standards, while 165 schools, or 75 percent, did not. As a result of not meeting the increased standards, Dallas ISD will be listed as Missing AYPStage 3. “We are all for accountability and showing improvement in student performance,” said Dallas ISD Superintendent Mike Miles. “At the same time, we are for reasonable expectations and fair evaluations. Our Destination 2020 plan is designed to prepare all students to be college and career-ready and there are a number of measurements other than AYP that should be taken into consideration as to how our schools and our students perform.” As a result of not meeting AYP for the fourth consecutive year, the district will be required to notify parents of the indicators missed (reading and mathematics standards) and how parents can assist their students and schools. The No Child Left Behind Act that created AYP ratings has yet to be re-authorized by the federal government. It is uncertain at this time how sanctions and ratings will occur in the future. The 2012 STAAR/TAKS bridging results indicate that district performance generally remained level this year with 82 percent of students passing the reading exam and 74 percent passing in mathematics. Standards for schools to meet AYP status will continue to increase during the next two years. By 2013-14, the expectation is that 100 percent of district students pass both the reading and mathematics tests. “We have just begun to set new expectations for everyone in the Dallas Independent School District,” said Miles. “We know that we have much work to do to provide all of our students with the best education we can possibly provide.”