Some Gains for Disabled Students

Monday, March 17, 2008; Page B01

The 2002 No Child Left Behind law put an unprecedented spotlight on performance of students with disabilities. Here are key reading-test results for such students.

On the National Assessment of Educational Progress, 36 percent of fourth-graders scored basic or better in 2007, up from 22 percent in 2000. Thirty-four percent of eighth-graders scored basic or better in 2007, little change from 2002.

In the District, 18 percent in elementary grades scored proficient on the 2007 D.C. Comprehensive Assessment System tests, up from 15 percent in 2006.

In Maryland, 48 percent scored proficient on the 2007 Maryland School Assessments, up from 28 percent in 2003.

In Virginia, 62 percent passed the 2007 Standards of Learning tests, up from 56 percent in 2005.

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