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Quality Counts 2004: Count Me In: Special Education in an Era of Standards


"Within a decade, federal law requires that all students' including those with disabilities' be performing at the "proficient" level on state tests. It's a challenge of unprecedented proportions, particularly for the nation's nearly 6.6 million children receiving special education services. Until now, such students have largely been excluded from state testing and accountability systems' and often from mainstream instruction.

Quality Counts 2004: "Count Me In: Special Education in an Era of Standards" examines this explosive issue. Educators and parents of special education students alike find themselves on both sides of the fence, torn between wanting to raise expectations for students with disabilities and concerns that such children could suffer harsh or unintended consequences as a result."