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June 01, 2015

Achievement Gaps on State Tests Remain Wide for Students with Disabilities

Students in special education perform 32 to 40 percentage points behind their peers, and those gaps have remained fairly steady for at least six school years, according to a recent analysis.

February 18, 2015

Alternative Education Track Would See New Scrutiny Under Federal Bill

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, a Pennsylvania Democrat, wants to ensure parents are given more information before allowing their children to be placed in an educational track with less rigor than the general education curriculum.

January 26, 2015

The 'Rise and Fall' of Alternate Assessments Based on Modified Standards

Intended for students who could not master grade-level content in one school year, these tests are on their way out, but they leave several lessons in their wake, says a recent analysis.

January 22, 2015

Advocacy Groups Oppose Removal of Special Education Testing Caps

Allowing an unlimited number of students with disabilities to take alternate tests will place them in a lower academic track, argues the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities.

January 07, 2015

Special Education Groups Urge Continued Testing in NCLB Reauthorization

Annual testing has been able to help pinpoint how students with disabilities are actually performing in school, say groups opposed to removing the requirement from federal law.

December 18, 2014

Louisiana Struggles in Allowing IEP Teams to Create Diploma Pathways

A new law that went into effect earlier this year is proving challenging to implement as the 2014-15 school year reaches its halfway point, according to local reports.

November 05, 2014

Smarter Balanced Reports Student Views on Field-Test Accommodations

A report from the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium suggests that built-in test accommodations are easy to use, but that more students need to become familiar with them.

August 01, 2014

New York Drops Proposal for Out-of-Level Testing in NCLB Waiver Extension

The state had sought the ability to test certain students with disabilities on tests up to two years below their official instructional level.

April 18, 2014

Kansas Gets Waiver to Use Common-Core Alternate Assessments

Even though the state has withdrawn from the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, it still plans to use the common-core-aligned field tests under development for students with severe cognitive disabilities.

February 25, 2014

National Federation of the Blind Settles Lawsuit Against PARCC

The common-core assessment consortium plans to work closely with the advocacy organization to create accessible field tests for blind students.

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