Special Education And High-Stakes Tests

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What Are High-Stakes Tests?

"High-stakes" tests are educational assessment tests whose outcomes have enormous bearing on the academic future of a student. One of the most common forms of high-stakes tests is a high-school exit exam.

Are Students with Disabilities Required to Take High Stakes Tests?

Whether or not a student with a disability is required to take a high stakes test varies according to state. However, in general, all students must take state mandated tests regardless of any disability. The Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) does require that some concessions be made to students with disabilities:

Are There Alternatives to High Stakes Tests for Disabled Students?

Most of the states that use high stakes tests do make some accommodations for students with disabilities. Some of the common ways schools accommodate students with disabilities are:

What If My Child Is Not Able to Graduate without Passing an Exit Exam?

Every school allows a student to graduate if they meet the state-mandated requirements for graduation. If a student is unable to meet those requirements, alternatives to a standard graduation may be available to him, but these alternatives vary from state to state. Some of the common alternative options include:

Should I Contact a Lawyer?

If you have questions or concerns about high stakes tests and how they will affect your child, you may want to contact a government lawyer. The laws governing high stakes tests are complex and vary according to state. An attorney will be able to inform you more about your states laws and regulations and can help you understand and protect you and your child's rights.

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Last Modified: 02-25-2015 02:59 PM PST

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