Six of 10 Copperas Cove Independent School District schools failed to meet the federal "adequate yearly progress," or AYP, according to a report released Wednesday by the Texas Education Agency.

The numbers statewide followed a similar trend, with nearly 48 percent of Texas' 4,080 schools failing to meet AYP, and just 44.2 percent of campuses getting a passing grade. The standards are based on the No Child Left Behind Law.

In 2011, 66 percent of school campuses and 50 percent of districts in Texas met AYP standards.

Districts as a whole fared even worse than individual campuses, with 71.4 percent of the state's public and charter districts failing to meet AYP. Cove ISD was in that category.

In a news release late Wednesday, Cove Superintendent Joe Burns cited incompatibility between federal and state accountability systems as one reason for the district's AYP results.

"Although the district and all of our campuses performed very well for the state accountability system, the federal and state accountability systems are not comparable," said Burns.

"Under the federal system, six of our campuses and the district did not meet the standards for Adequate Yearly Progress," said Burns. "What this says is that we as a school district have significant work to do, and we are more than ready to meet the challenge."

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