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NSCSD sees numbers fall more than expected

This is the third year that physics scores have declined in the district. Melvin said it would be a major challenge the high school would have to address.

"Overall our results, with the exception of Math B, geometry and physics, were fairly positive," Melvin said. "The challenge is to provide remedial help for those who are struggling."

School accountability report

Finally, Stan Finkle, assistant superintendent for instruction, presented a status report on two schools in the district that were named Schools in Need of Improvement under the No Child Left Behind Act.

As a result of the regulations of the state education department under NCLB, students at Smith Road Elementary and North Syracuse Junior High School who qualify for free and reduced lunch will be offered supplemental educational services such as after-school tutoring and extra help in math, science and reading.

"The absurdity of all this is that a disabled child might not qualify for SES due to family income, while a non-disabled child on free and reduced lunch qualifies," said Melvin, an outspoken critic of NCLB. "As a taxpayer, I resent the lack of logic in all this."

Both schools must achieve adequate yearly progress for two years before they can be removed from the list.

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