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Inclusion on 'Nation's Report Card' goes up, but achievement gaps stay wide

from Education Week

Despite the attention that Maryland is drawing for excluding high percentages of students with disabilities and English language learners from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, nationwide, higher percentages than ever of students in those categories are being tested, according to stats presented at a Dec. 6 meeting of the board that sets policy for the assessment. In 2010, the National Assessment Governing Board, set a goal to assess 95 percent of all students selected to participate in the test, which measures fourth and eighth grade students every two years on reading and math. (Students are also tested on periodically on other subjects.) For students with disabilities and students learning English, the goal was to test 85 percent of those selected to participate. more


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