What has been the impact of NCLB on special education?

A group of 17 educators and experts weighed in on the impact of the No Child Left Behind Act, which marked its 10th anniversary yesterday. Among them, Lindsay Jones, senior director for policy and advocacy services for the Council for Exceptional Children, notes the law's effect on special education, and how it has helped ensure students with disabilities are held to higher academic standards. She also notes the law's shortcomings, which include a lack of alignment with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the tendency by some schools to minimize participation by students with disabilities in standardized testing to help reach federal benchmarks, Jones writes.

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