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Participation Guidelines for Alaska Students in State Assessments: Limited English Proficient and Special Education.

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Several forces are driving Alaska's school accountability initiatives. These include: (1) the Legislature's passage in 1997 and 1998 of the High School Graduation Qualifying Examination (HSGQE) and other accountability measures; and (2) the passage by the U.S. Congress of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. In the past, schools excluded some students from participating in assessments, particularly those not proficient in English and those with severe disabilities. This changed in 1997 when the federal government mandated that schools include each and every student in all state mandated assessments. This call was a major challenge for public education. This booklet provides guidance to school district officials, administrators, teachers and other persons responsible for making decisions about the participation in assessments of students on an Individualized Education Program (IEP), students on federal 504 Plans and students with limited English proficiency. It also provides guidance for deciding if a student requires a testing accommodation, modification, the Modified HSGQE or the Nonstandardized HSGQE. The information in this booklet should be viewed as a work in progress and has been published knowing the difficulty of anticipating each circumstance that may arise when making decisions about assessing students with disabilities.

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Publication:ERIC: Reports
Article Type:Abstract
Geographic Code:1U9AK
Date:Jun 1, 2005
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