N.Y. testing proposal concerns some special-education advocates

01/20/2014 | Huffington Post, The

A New York Board of Regents' proposal that would allow some students with disabilities, not eligible for alternative assessments, to take tests as much as two grade levels below their chronological age is drawing criticism from some advocates. "When we take students and test them two levels below their enrolled grade and say you only have to master that content, ... they get trapped in a cycle of low performance that happens regardless of their own abilities," said Lindsay Jones, who heads public policy for the National Center for Learning Disabilities. "There's a group of kids who will be lost under this proposal."

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