SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Seventeen low-income elementary schools in Utah are facing potential penalties after low test scores for two consecutive years. The Deseret News of Salt Lake City reports the number of schools that failed to meet performance standards mandated by No Child Left Behind more than doubled from 8 schools last year. The State Office of Education oversees an improvement program for the failing schools that may include reforms, busing students to other schools or replacing the administration. Schools must have two consecutive years of test scores that meet the standards to be removed from the improvement program. This year, one elementary school in Provo was removed from the program after two years of sufficient progress. The tests focus on core areas such as English and math. The Title 1 schools that are in the school improvement program based on 2011 test scores are: Greenwood Elementary, Alpine District; Millville Elementary, Cache District; Copperview Elementary, Canyons District; Antelope Elementary, Davis District; Vae View Elementary, Davis District; Dual Immersion Academy, charter school; Fast Forward High School, charter school; James Moss Elementary, Granite District; Monroe Elementary, Granite District; Pioneer Elementary, Granite District; Westlake Junior High, Granite District; T.O. Smith Elementary, Ogden District; Timpanogos Elementary, Provo District; Meadowlark Elementary, Salt Lake District; Riley Elementary, Salt Lake District; Montezuma Creek Elementary, San Juan District; and Coral Canyon Elementary, Washington District.
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