Keokuk, IA – The Keokuk School District says it is making progress despite being placed on a federal academic watch list. Keokuk's High School and Middle School were among 94 Iowa school buildings on the "Schools in need of assistance" list. The buildings were designated if students did not reach achievement goals for two consecutive years. Assistant superintendent Lora Wolff says Keokuk's students are showing improvements on standardized state tests, even though both buildings showed up on the list. She says that No Child Left Behind's regulations can lead to a school making the list if just a few students are not proficient. The Fort Madison and Burlington School Districts were also included on the list, as was Burlington High School.
You can hear Jason Parrott's full interview with Lora Wolff by clicking the audio link above.