NAEP Exclusion Rates Continue to Bedevil Policymakers

Olson, Lynn
May 2003
Education Week;5/28/2003, Vol. 22 Issue 38, p5
The board that sets policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)continues to find solutions on how to report scores for states that exclude large numbers of students from NAEP because they have disabilities or limited fluency in English. Results from the assessment's 2002 reading tests, to be released in June 2003, will not show the scores of states with relatively high exclusion rates, said Peggy G. Carr, the associate commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics, the arm of the U.S. Department of Education that administers NAEP. But, she said, the report will provide additional information to help the public interpret the data, where necessary. Under NAEP guidelines, schools selected for the sample may exclude certain students with disabilities or limited English proficiency, if officials deem them unable to participate meaningfully in the assessment.


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