A proposal released Tuesday to scrap Adequate Yearly Progress requirements under a revised No Child Left Behind Act is drawing criticism from civil rights and disability advocacy groups. The groups say the change could harm education for minorities and students with special needs. "Your proposal contains much that could help low-income students, students with disabilities, students of color and English-language learners. But without goals and progress targets it is all but impossible to ensure that these good intentions will actually add up to better outcomes for students," the groups said in a letter to legislators.

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