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ED Announces New Regs To Accurately Assess Students with Disabilities

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    New Regulations to Accurately Assess Students with Disabilities John H. Hager, assistant secretary of the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 11, 2007
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      New Regulations to Accurately Assess Students with Disabilities

      John H. Hager, assistant secretary of the Office of Special
      Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), is pleased to share
      with you recently announced regulations for more accurately
      assessing students with disabilities.

      Last Wednesday, Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings
      announced new regulations under No Child Left Behind (NCLB)
      allowing states to test certain students with disabilities using
      an alternate assessment that more appropriately aligns with their
      needs and yields more meaningful results for schools and parents.
      The new regulations provide states and schools with greater
      flexibility by allowing them to more accurately evaluate the
      students' academic progress and tailor instruction based on their
      individual needs.

      "Through No Child Left Behind, we're continuing to raise the bar
      and improve the way we educate and assess students with
      disabilities," Secretary Spellings said. "These students are
      capable of achieving high academic standards, and now states and
      schools can be better attuned to their needs. No Child Left Behind
      has put the needs of students with disabilities front and center,
      and this regulation helps continue to drive the field forward in
      developing better tests for students with disabilities."

      Secretary Spellings also announced that the U.S. Department of
      Education will provide $21.1 million in grant funds for technical
      assistance as states develop new assessments for students with
      disabilities. The Department also released written guidance to
      states on the implementation of the new regulations, offering
      recommendations on issues such as how students with disabilities
      can be appropriately identified for this assessment.

      Under the new regulations, states may develop modified academic
      achievement standards based on grade-level contentand alternate
      assessments based on those standardsfor students with
      disabilities who are capable of achieving high standards but may
      not reach grade level in the same timeframe as their peers. States
      may count proficient and advanced test scores on these alternate
      assessments for up to 2.0 percent (approximately 20 percent of
      students with disabilities) of all students assessed when
      calculating adequate yearly progress (AYP) under NCLB. These
      regulations build on the flexibility provided for students with
      the most significant cognitive disabilities, which allows states
      to count up to 1.0 percent of proficient and advanced assessment
      scores based on alternate achievement standards toward AYP

      The fact sheet, Measuring the Achievement of Students With
      Disabilities, provides helpful information about the 2 percent

      The 2 Percent Regulations are available on the Department's Website
      at www.ed.gov/policy/speced/guid/nclb/fr040407-web.doc.

      Note: The official version of the 2 Percent Regulations is the
      document published in the Federal Register on April 9, 2007.


      John H. Hager
      Assistant Secretary
      Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services U.S.
      Department of Education
      Sandy, Illinois (alpy2@...)
      Volunteer Co-Webmaster, www.ourchildrenleftbehind.com (IDEA reauthorization)

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