Should some students with special needs be exempted from testing?

02/7/2012 | Education Week

A student with Asperger's syndrome and type I diabetes is now being home-schooled after he was dismissed from an online charter school when his mother refused to allow him to take standardized tests. The mother sought to have him officially exempted from testing, based on claims that the stress of testing would lead to a spike in his blood sugar. However, the federal Office for Civil Rights last year ruled that the student's dismissal did not constitute discrimination, and the state is still asking the student to report for testing, a request with which the mother says she will not comply.

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