Forty Percent Of Students With Disabilities Excluded From National
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
November 2, 2005
WASHINGTON, DC--New information compiled by the Government Accounting Office reveals that a larger percentage of students with disabilities do not take national assessment tests than was previously thought.
The GAO, which is an investigative arm of Congress, reported in July of this year that about five percent of students with disabilities did not take the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), a math and reading exam, in 2002.
But the new data showed that the actual percentage was closer 40 percent.
In particular, the information revealed that about 43 percent of students with disabilities were excluded from the grade 12 assessment, and that 40 percent were excluded from the grade 4 assessment.
"It denies the country an accurate picture of how students are performing on the most important tracking assessment that we have," James Wendorf, executive director of the National Center for Learning Disabilities, told the Associated Press. "Kids with disabilities deserve to be included."
The GAO said the new information was added after the Department of Education alerted them that they had incorrectly interpreted the NAEP data.
GAO Report: "Most Students with Disabilities Participated in Statewide Assessments, but Inclusion Options Could Be Improved"