GAO: Many Disabled Kids Untested

About 40 percent of disabled students took the federal reading and math tests in 2002, the Government Accountability Office said.

The federal test forms the basis of the Nation's Report Card and is supposed to be representative of all students, including those with disabilities. The higher the rate of exclusions, the more some students' scores and needs may be left behind.

Students may be excluded from testing because, unlike many state tests, the federal exams cannot accommodate some special needs. For instance, passages cannot be read aloud to students because the reading test measures a student's ability to read the written word.

* WICHITA -- Max Ary, 55, who led the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson for 27 years, was convicted of stealing and selling spacesuit components and other artifacts that belonged to the museum and NASA.

* SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Chicopee Mayor Richard Goyette (R), 36, was charged with extorting two $5,000 campaign contributions, the FBI said. Candidates may accept a maximum of $500 per donor.

* TAMPA -- A two-month ban on recreational grouper fishing in the Gulf of Mexico was overturned by U.S. District Judge John E. Steele. He said federal officials went too far when they outlawed all grouper fishing to protect one species, the red grouper.

-- From News Services