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School test exclusions raise questions in Maryland

Monday - 11/25/2013, 2:00pm  ET

GERALD IMRAY
Associated Press

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- While Maryland public schools scored above national averages on a recent national reading assessment, the state had blocked more than half of English language learners and students with learning disabilities from taking the test.

The Washington Post (http://wapo.st/1chKh3V ) reports Maryland excluded 62 percent of students in the two categories from the fourth-grade reading test. The state blocked 60 percent of those students from taking the eighth-grade reading test.

Maryland's exclusion rate was more than double that of any other state on the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress. The board overseeing the test has set a goal that states exclude just 15 percent of learning-disabled and English language learners.

State Superintendent of Schools Lillian Lowery says she plans to review the state's exclusion rates and the impact on test scores.

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Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com


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