"I anticipate we'll have more and more districts have (Adequate Yearly Progress) problems if there's no change in the rules," said Alan Burke, superintendent of Yelm Community Schools.Have to wonder how a system arose that provides qualitatively different education but expects quantitatively similar results.
Most students in special education programs take the same assessments as everyone else in their grade level....
With the large increase in districts that did not meet federal benchmarks, state officials seek assessment alternatives for students in special education programs statewide.
"What we're trying to do is honor the intent of the law, but at the same time, provide alternatives for kids," said Catherine Taylor, director of assessment alternatives at the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. "The dilemma always is that we don't have any power over the alternatives to offer because it's a federal law, and we go by their guidelines."
Sep 13, 2007
districts failing AYP in special ed
In Thurston County, only 3 of 8 districts meet federal Adequate Yearly Progress benchmarks in Special Education--simply because they don't have enough students in that category. Elsewhere, trouble brewing: