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Achievement for Students with Disabilities
May 10, 2005, the U. S. Department of Education published a news release
about increaseed flexibility for state that "raise achievement
for students with disabilities". The full text of the news release
New Path: Commonsense Approach to Raising Achievement.
Must Raise Achievement for Students with Disabilities.
Each State must meet Title I and IDEA requirements that are directly
related to achievement and instruction for the full range of students
with disabilities. These core principles include: statewide participation
rates for students with disabilities, for purposes of measuring AYP,
must be at or above 95%; appropriate accommodations are provided to
students with disabilities who need them; alternate assessments in reading/language
arts and mathematics provided to students with disabilities who are
unable to participate in the regular assessment even with accommodations
and results from those assessments must be reported; and a State's subgroup
size for students with disabilities must be equal to that of other student
* Each State must provide information on actions taken to raise achievement for students with disabilities or narrow the achievement gap and evidence that such efforts are improving student achievement.
short-term options will promote more accountability for students with
disabilities. Research has found that after receiving the best-designed
instructional interventions from highly trained instructors, 2% of students
were not able to achieve at grade-level. They were able, however, to
make progress toward grade-level standards when provided high-quality
instructional interventions and measured with appropriate assessment
instruments. The short-term flexibility takes this research into consideration
while the Department and States work to improve the assessment system
for students with disabilities.
The short-term options will continue to hold States accountable under
NCLB. To qualify to exercise this flexibility this year, a State
must be meeting specific core requirements of NCLB related to students
with disabilities. The flexibility applies only to schools or districts
that did not make AYP based solely on the students with disabilities
The short-term options are conditional for States. In order to raise achievement for students with disabilities, only those States that intend to develop modified achievement standards and assessments are eligible for short-term flexibility.
Long-term Policy. The U.S. Department of Education will issue a notice of proposed rulemaking in the near future to permit States to develop these modified achievement standards, develop aligned alternate assessments based on those modified standards, and include proficient scores of these students (subject to a 2.0 percent cap at the district and State level) in determining AYP. This rule will work to raise achievement for students with disabilities in need of modified achievement standards and assessments.
The long-term policy will work to raise achievement for students
with disabilities. The goal of these regulations is to:
The long-term policy will continue to hold States accountable under
NCLB. States must continue meeting the requirements of NCLB related
to students with disabilities.
The long-term policy is supported with current fiscal year resources. To increase States' ability to provide rigorous assessments, instruction, and accountability for students with disabilities, the Department of Education will direct $14 million starting this summer to improve assessments, help teachers with instruction, and conduct research for students with disabilities who are held to alternate and modified achievement standards and will continue to provide additional resources in the future.