Houston students with disabilities struggled with more difficult versions of the Texas standardized tests, which some educators say may have caused most of the slip in overall reading test scores among third-graders this month. Only one in three Houston third-, fifth- and eighth-grade students in special education passed the slightly shorter version of the test, while scores for those who took a version with simplified vocabulary have not yet been calculated. Texas changed the tests this year because of a federal determination that the state's previous alternative exams for students with special needs didn't comport with NCLB requirements.

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