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Ninth graders at Thomas S. Wootton High School in Rockville, Md., take part infield-testing for assessments aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The exams will be rolled out in final form during the 2014-15 academic year.
—Swikar Patel/Education Week

Common-Assessment Groups Differ on Accommodations

But the two state consortia both aim to provide a more-inclusive experience for English-language learners and students with disabilities. (April 21, 2014)

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09/17 05:10 pm | Some Charter Schools Make Students With Disabilities Their Mission | Nationwide, about 100 charter schools, which are publicly funded but run independently, have made a concerted effort to lure students with disabilities to specialty programs.

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This special report examines the growing e-learning opportunities for students with disabilities, English-language learners, gifted and talented students, and those at risk of failing in school.

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Most students with disabilities have the cognitive ability to achieve the same academic standards as their nondisabled peers, Candace Cortiella and Kalman R. Hettleman write.
November 12, 2013 - Education Week
Some built-in student accommodations for the common-core tests being developed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers will be unavailable during spring 2014 field tests.
November 5, 2013 - Education Week
A dispute before the state's high court is part of a trend of funding-equity cases that touch on state responsibility for early-childhood education.
October 29, 2013 - Education Week
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has led major changes in the city's school system since he took the office in 2002.
October 29, 2013 - Education Week
October 29, 2013 - Education Week
For students with special needs, English-learners, gifted students, and others beyond the mainstream, educators have to work harder to make new standards fit.
October 28, 2013 - Education Week
While special education teachers hope the standards will help students with disabilities access the general curriculum, they struggle to align individualized education programs to the rigorous academic goals.
October 28, 2013 - Education Week
The developers of tests aligned to the Common Core State Standards wrestle with how to provide assistive technology for students with disabilities, while assuring test security.
October 28, 2013 - Education Week
The consortia developing common assessments are taking different approaches to addressing the controversial issue of accommodations for students with print-related disabilities.
October 28, 2013 - Education Week
School districts are cutting professional development and technology and shifting money from general education as they cope with the impact that federal funding cuts are having on the flow of money to special education programs.
October 1, 2013 - Education Week

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