Some N.Y. students with disabilities struggle with lengthy tests

04/18/2012 | GothamSchools.org (New York)

Lengthy standardized tests adopted this year in New York state schools are taking their toll on students in special education. Some students with disabilities who are given additional time to complete the tests are spending as much as three hours on the assessments each day they are given. "It's not water-boarding, but when you're 13 it's pretty close to torture," said Maribeth Whitehouse, who teaches eighth-grade students in special education at a school in the Bronx.

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