A dozen students districted to attend Churchill Elementary have elected to transfer Glen Ellyn schools and attend Benjamin Franklin Elementary, after Churchill failed to meet No Child Left Behind Act standards for the fourth consecutive year, the Chicago Tribune reports.
According to the paper, Churchill is the only Glen Ellyn School District 41 school that receives Title 1 funding (about $180,000 a year), meaning that under NCLB, the must offer a choice of transfers to other schools in the District if Churchill does not meet NCLB test-score standards for two consecutive years.
"We feel Churchill is a great school and we're sorry to see students leave Churchill," District 41 director of communications and grants Julie Worthen told the paper, noting that the NCLB standards are strict and only going to get stricter next year as the benchmark becomes 100 percent proficiency.
"With the bar being quite high, there probably won't be too many schools that make it… It's difficult to be in a system where it's not realistic to make the measures. It feels a little artificial."
Seventeen students transferred from Churchill in 2012 and 18 in 2011, the paper said.