CHARLOTTE – Only six out of 14 north Mecklenburg County schools met federal testing benchmarks for the 2010-11 school year.

End-of-the-year test scores from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools showed that eight schools failed to meet requirements, under the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act, that schools show annual improvement in several areas, including student achievement. The goal is to have all students nationwide on grade level by 2014.

Adequate-yearly-progress standards also divide students into subgroups by ethnicity, socioeconomic status and disabilities. Every student subgroup must also meet those benchmarks in order for the school to meet Adequate-yearly-progress standards.

“We are disappointed that we did not make more progress this year,” said Interim Superintendent Hugh Hattabaugh. “Although we are pleased with the growth in our graduation rate, we would have liked to see more improvement in specific test areas. We will work in the coming year to identify areas where we can improve.”

Bailey, Bradley and J.M. Alexander middle schools, Hopewell and North Mecklenburg high schools and J.V Washam, Blythe and Long Creek elementary schools did not meet Adequate-Yearly-Progress standards.