Yesterday, the Maryland state board set passing standards for the state's reading and math tests, which resulted in half to two-thirds of all students passing, although special-education students lagged far behind. With as many as 73% of disabled seventh-graders failing the reading exam, State schools Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick expressed concern over special education and, in particular, the teaching strategies being applied to mainstreamed middle-school students.

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