The National Center for Education Statistics contends that Maryland's routine top scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress may be inflated because the state excluded a higher percentage of students with disabilities from the test compared with other states. Federal officials contend that, in the reading test, the state excluded 66% of fourth-graders with disabilities compared with the national exclusion rate of 16%. State officials say schools excluded students who required accommodations that were not allowed by the NAEP.

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