ERIC Number: EJ759452
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar-9
Reference Count: N/A
Texas Stands behind Own Testing Rule
Hoff, David J.
Education Week, v24 n26 p1, 23 Mar 2005
Faced with a conflict between state and federal laws, Texas officials have come down on the side of their own law and set up a possible showdown with the U.S. government over millions of dollars in education aid. In determining which schools and districts were meeting annual goals under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, the state last February 2005 granted a host of appeals from districts and schools that said they should get credit for following less stringent state rules for assessing special education students. As a result, 431 districts and 1,312 schools were considered by Texas to be making adequate yearly progress, or AYP, even though they did not follow the federal law's strict rules for counting the test scores of students with disabilities. The author states that states will be watching how the U.S. Department of Education reacts to the Texas decision and whether it withholds any of Texas' $1 billion annual share from the No Child Left Behind Act.
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Improvement, Disabilities, State Legislation, School Districts, Accountability, Special Education, State Standards, Scores, Federal Aid
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001