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Special education testing standards may soon be tightened

from Disability Scoop

The U.S. Department of Education wants to do away with a rule that allows states to count some students with disabilities as academically proficient even if they do not meet grade-level standards. In a proposal published in the Federal Register, the Education Department formally signaled its intention to end what's known as the "2 percent rule." Under the current policy, some students with disabilities are tested under modified academic achievement standards. States are allowed to count as many as 2 percent of all students as proficient under the No Child Left Behind Act for taking such alternate assessments. more

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