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Students with Disabilities in Standards-based Assessment and Accountability Systems: Emerging Issues, Strategies, and Recommendations (Synthesis Report 37)


"For too long, when we found that some students were not achieving high standards set for them, we lowered the standards for those students. Through standards-based reform, we have an opportunity to change that pattern.. This paper addresses emerging issues affecting students with disabilities in standards-based assessment and accountability systems. Challenges and possible strategies for addressing the challenges are provided as identified by researchers, policymakers, and practitioners."

The strategies presented here are concrete approaches to address challenges policymakers and practitioners are seeing in early implementation of inclusive assessment and accountability systems. Both positive consequences and unintended negative consequences are discussed.