New rule ends 'modified' tests for students with disabilities
from Disability Scoop
From Sept. 3:
The U.S. Department of Education is doing away with a policy that allowed states to consider some students with disabilities academically proficient without meeting grade-level standards. The agency said in a final rule published in the Federal Register that states will no longer be allowed to administer tests to students with disabilities that are based on modified academic achievement standards. Previously, states could count up to 2 percent of their students as proficient under the No Child Left Behind Act for taking such exams. But now the Education Department is saying no more to the policy known as the "2 percent rule."
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