Colorado schools improved their federal special-education rating, earning a "needs assistance" designation. That's an improvement from the "needs intervention" label the state earned last year. Ed Steinberg, the state's special-education director, said the ratings should focus more on student outcomes rather than its bureaucratic success. Data show that 65% of Colorado students ages 14 to 21 who have disabilities earned a high-school diploma, while the dropout rate among the same group stood at 3.5%.
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