ERIC Number: ED485633
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jul
No Child Left Behind Act: Most Students with Disabilities Participated in Statewide Assessments, but Inclusion Options Could Be Improved. Report to the Ranking Minority Member, Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, U.S. Senate. GAO-05-618
Shaul, Marnie S.
US Government Accountability Office
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 has focused attention on improving the academic achievement of all students, including more than 6 million students with disabilities and requires that all students be assessed. Students with disabilities may be included through accommodations, such as extended time, or alternate assessments, such as teacher observation of student performance. To provide information about the participation of students with disabilities in statewide assessments, GAO determined (1) the extent to which students with disabilities were included in statewide assessments; (2) what issues selected states faced in implementing alternate assessments; and (3) how the U.S. Department of Education (Education) supported states in their efforts to assess students with disabilities. GAO recommends that Education explore ways to make information about inclusion of students with disabilities more accessible on its Web site and work with states, particularly those with high exclusion rates, to explore strategies to reduce the number of students with disabilities who are excluded from the NAEP assessment. Appended are: (1) Percent of Students with Disabilities Participating in State Reading/Language Arts Assessments in the 2003-04 School Year, by State; (2) Comments from the Department of Education; and (3) GAO Contact and Staff Acknowledgments.
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Student Evaluation, Disabilities, Educational Assessment, Student Participation, Testing Programs, State Standards, Inclusive Schools, Evaluation Methods, Alternative Assessment
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.