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Document Number: 5054

No Child Left Behind Provision Gives Schools New Flexibility and Ensures Accountability for Students with Disabilities - On December 9, 2003, the U.S. Department of Education announced a more flexible policy to determine Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) status. Under the regulations, when measuring AYP, states, school districts and schools can count the "proficient" scores of students with the most significant cognitive disabilities who take assessments based on alternate achievement standards. The number of those proficient scores may not exceed 1% of all students in the grades tested. Without this flexibility, those scores would have to be measured against grade-level standards and considered "not proficient." (U.S. Department of Education, December 2003)...


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