Feds officially ease rules for special-ed students

12/15/2005 | Washington Post, The

Up to 3% of all students tested in reading and math under federal rules may earn proficiency ratings through alternative or modified assessments, U.S. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings said yesterday. The same rules, promulgated informally last year, permitted 76 Maryland schools and 54 Virginia ones to adjust their special-ed students' scores, thereby enabling the schools to make adequate yearly progress.

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