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October 29, 2015

NAEP Scores for Students With Disabilities Show Wide Achievement Gap

Scores for students with disabilities on the "nation's report card" continue to trail significantly the scores of students without disabilities, with little ground gained.

July 20, 2015

New York State's Request for Waiver on Testing Rejected by Education Department

New York had asked the U.S. Department of Education for permission to give some special education students tests that match their instructional level, rather than their grade.

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.

January 02, 2015

Smarter Balanced Field-Test Data Show Large Score Gaps Among Students With IEPs

Between 64 and 77 percent of students with disabilities scored at the lowest level on the tests, which are given in math and English/language arts.

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.

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