Several Texas school districts failed to meet federal "adequate yearly progress" benchmarks largely because they allowed too many students in special education to take modified state tests. In Austin, schools exceeded the cap for the modified tests by about 1,000 students each in math and reading, and the federal government counted those students as failing even if they passed. In Houston, where schools also missed the standard, an official said the cap on modified tests -- no more than 3% of passed exams -- conflicts with a law that allows educators and parents to choose the most appropriate tests for students. "It's completely unreasonable," she said.
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