Maine Schools Fail to Meet Goals 

State officials said Monday that 38% of the of 632 elementary, middle and high schools missed federal performance targets on standardized reading and math tests taken last spring.

That’s an increase over the previous year, when 37% of 635 schools failed to make what the government calls &quot:adequate yearly progress.&quot:

The No Child Left Behind Act, passed in 2001, is President Bush’s centerpiece education reform law. It requires all states to assess students’ performance in reading and math each year in grades3-8 and 11.