We are only allowed to exempt a very small percentage of Spec ed
students. Last year that amounted to two for our school. All
other Spec ed students no matter how low, their abilities were
took the same test as the rest of the students and then were sub
grouped as well.
This policy really hurts the district that my daughter attends.
They developed several special programs specifically designed for
certain students. They have several schools located next door to
hospitals and clinics, so the programs were very specific and
targeted. Because of our state's open enrollment policy, many
parents from districts as far away as 40 miles, transfered their
children to these programs. This obviously all happened prior to
NCLB, Now every year these schools where the programs are located
get nailed for not meeting APY in their Spec Ed programs. As a
district they are also getting nailed for the fact that their Spec
Ed student to reg student ratio is so out of proportion compared
to the state norm. What the state officially refuses to
acknowledge or to be more precise has no place on their checklist
to acknolwegde is that the reason the districts numbers are so out
of whack is not because of children who live with in its borders,
but because it is such an incredible program it attracks many
families from outside districts, Since that possibility wasn't
written into the officially checklist, the district failed.
How is that for the irony of having a successful program.
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