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Assessment/Annual Testing

Learning Disability Testing - Assessment For Students With Disabilities  Assessment Policy RecommendationUnder federal law, all students—including students with disabilities—are required to be included in statewide assessment and accountability systems. Assessment provisions within the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) were intended to focus increased levels of attention on whether students were proficient, as measured against state reading and math standards. Due to this focus, many students with learning disabilities (LD) have greatly benefited from the use of assessment data to target instruction and interventions for students and professional development for teachers. This has expanded opportunities for improved academic achievement for all students, including those with LD.

NCLD provides key Policy Recommendations for statewide assessment and accountability systems for students with learning disabilities.

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Two Percent Policy and Its Impact on Students with DisabilitiesAll students, including students with disabilities, are required to be included in statewide assessment and accountability systems. For students with disabilities, all 50 states include students with disabilities in either: 1) the regular assessment without accommodations, 2) the regular assessment with accommodations, or 3) for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities, an alternate assessment based on alternate achievement standards (AA-AAS). Additionally, states have the option to develop and include students with disabilities in 4) an alternate assessment based on grade-level achievement standards (AA-GLAS) or 5) an alternate assessment based on modified achievement standards (AA-MAS).

This document provides insight into the impact of the alternate assessment based on modified achievement standards (or the Two Percent Policy as it is often called) on students with learning disabilities.

The US Department of Education recently announced that it will end the Two Percent Policy.

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