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No Child Left Behind requirements put pressure on administrators

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Mrs. Pruis' seventh grade math class learns about positive and negative numbers this week at Hoover Middle School. Some say it's a challenging lesson for students, but meeting the No Child Left Behind standards is a challenge for both students and teachers.

"By this year you're going to have this many proficient and by this year you're going to have this many proficient, kind of put me on edge I was a little anxious you know, what does this mean for all of us," Joellen Pruis said.

Students must score proficient in both reading and math - a performance that also reflects teachers and administrators.

According to the Iowa Department of Education, 41 out of 348 public school districts in the state are deemed as districts in need of assistance (DINA) for the 2013-2014 school year. Waterloo Community School District is one of them in both reading and math.

Literacy Coach Kelli Sturgilo said the pressure to perform affects the entire team in a school - not just the test-taker.

"There's so many stakeholders involved with this process with the administrators, myself, the teacher, the parent, the community," said Sturgilo.

Sturgilo and Pruis both said they don't think the bar is set too high, and with a team effort, believe every student can achieve at the recommended level.

Nevertheless... the looming pressure to perform well doesn't discriminate, and affects everyone in the classroom.

"It is on everybody," Pruis said.

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