More than 50% of the 400,000 students with disabilities in California took simplified versions of standardized tests in math, science, and language arts in the spring of 2012 -- a percentage federal officials say is about three times higher than it should be. "We are concerned about the high rate of participation in the modified assessment," federal education officials said in response to the state's numbers. "We want to make sure that students with disabilities are held to the same high standards as other students."

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