Special Educators Discuss NCLB Effect at National Meeting
Three years after the No Child Left Behind Act required that schools be evaluated, in part, on the test performance of students with disabilities, it’s still unclear how the federal rules have affected those students around the country.
But studies in some states have shown that students with disabilities now have more access to the general education curriculum and are getting greater accommodations for their special needs than before the education law was put in place, said a researcher at a well-attended session at the Council for Exceptional Children’s annual convention, held here April 6-9.
James E. Ysseldyke, a professor of educational psychology at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, said that while anecdotes and media accounts tend to stress the negative effects of the No Child Left Behind law on students with disabilities, studies and surveys conducted in several states show “the data are more good...
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