New York is considering asking the Education Department for permission to test students at a lower grade level than their chronological age.
Pilot tests being developed by one of two common-core testing consortia will not allow the use of Braille or text-to-speech technology.
Joan McLaughlin, the new chief, has served in the position in an acting capacity since July 2013.
The state says this policy would allow students to be tested more accurately, but special education advocates worry such testing would lead to lowered standards.
Supporters in both groups are happy to see more money, but in the case of special education, swings in funding can have unintended consequences, one advocate says.
The lawmaker was first elected in 1974, and has had a major impact on education policy.
The FBI was one of several federal agencies involved in an investigation into a vocational program that was found to be improperly isolating students with intellectual disabilities.
Blog readers this year were particularly interested in learning about common-core test accommodations and lesson plans, but they also turned their attention to classroom research.
Hillsborough County, Fla., which includes Tampa, was on outlier of high performance in a year that saw test scores remain much the same as they had when the tests were last administered in 2011.
Republican lawmakers John Kline, of Minnesota, and Todd Rokita, of Indiana, want to know why no states have attempted a paperwork-reduction pilot program that was authorized in the 2004 law.