The exploding failure rate comes despite a decade of steady academic
gains and overall passing rates close to or exceeding 90 percent
statewide and throughout much of Northern Virginia. But under
NCLB, the target passing rates for standardized tests increase each year
in an effort to meet the federal law’s goal of 100 percent proficiency
in reading and math by 2013.
Parents across Fairfax County are asking school officials to put more
honors classes back into the course offerings at area high schools. FAIRGRADE,
a parent advocacy group that successfully convinced Fairfax County to
change its grading policies two years ago, has passed a resolution
asking for the county to implement a more robust honors program in high
As many high school seniors thrill over their college admission offers,
Nick Hanna wonders about the effect of his mistakes in Fairfax County.
Four Virginia colleges have turned him down, and two have placed him on