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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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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
A "landmark" agreement prompted by a U.S. Department of Justice probe is opening new doors for students with intellectual disabilities in Providence, R.I.
September 24, 2013 - Education Week
The Providence, R.I. district was rocked earlier this year when a U.S. Justice Department investigation found the system was improperly segregating high school students with intellectual disabilities. Since then, the school system has been working to fully incorporate these students into their high school.
September 24, 2013 - Education Week
Language translations and a read-aloud option are among the accommodations approved by the Smarter Balanced group.
September 13, 2013 - Education Week
At issue: new language intended to assure that those with disabilities are not steered into low-wage jobs.
August 20, 2013 - Education Week
Siblings of students with disabilities are 60 percent more likely to drop out of school than students without such brothers or sisters, a new study says.
August 20, 2013 - Education Week
The PARCC consortium outlines supports to be offered English-learners and students with disabilities on common-core-aligned assessments.
July 9, 2013 - Education Week
July 9, 2013 - Education Week
A network of schools helps students with emotional and behavioral issues build "soft skills" through job placement.
July 2, 2013 - Education Week

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