A new federal study shows how many students with disabilities are not taking National Assessment of Educational Progress tests in reading and mathematics.
The study, from the National Center for Education Statistics, says that a “student with disabilities is assumed to be able to participate in NAEP if he or she participated in the state assessment in the selected subject and can participate with accommodations allowed by NAEP.”
In the 2009 administration of NAEP in 4th grade mathematics, 85.4 percent of students with disabilities took the test. On the 8th grade math test, 78.5 percent of students with disabilities were tested.
The NCES found that several factors affected students’ inclusion in NAEP, including the type and severity of the disability and whether an accommodation used on a state test was allowed on the national assessment.
A version of this article appeared in the November 09, 2011 edition of Education Week as Assessment