Education Dept. Proposes Rule on ‘2 Percent’ Flexibility for Testing Students With Disabilities
The U.S. Department of Education has released a proposed regulation for testing students with disabilities that would give states and schools greater flexibility in meeting the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings said the move is part of a “more sophisticated” approach to meeting the needs of such students.
Ms. Spellings, who announced the proposed rule on Dec. 14 at an elementary school in this Washington suburb, said the flexibility is intended for 2 percent of all students nationwide—about 20 percent of students with disabilities—who are able to meet grade-level standards, but not at the same speed as their peers. The No Child Left Behind law requires students in grades 3-8, and once in high school, to be tested yearly in reading and mathematics and requires the public release of test scores for various subgroups,...
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