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States Use Loophole in NCLB to Omit Almost 2 Million Test Scores of Minority StudentsApril 24, 2006
According to recent research by the Associated Press (AP), schools aren't counting the test scores of nearly 1.9 million students when they report progress by racial groups. Overall, the AP found that about 1 in every 14 test scores aren't being counted under the law's racial categories.
Minority students are seven times as likely to have their scores excluded as white students. Less than 2 percent of white children's scores aren't being counted as a separate category. In contrast, Hispanics and blacks have roughly 10 percent of their scores excluded. More than one-third of Asian scores and nearly half of American Indian scores aren't broken out, AP found
Students whose tests aren't being counted in required categories also include Hispanics in California who don't speak English well, blacks in the Chicago suburbs, American Indians in the Northwest and special education students in Virginia. .
What appears to be happening is that States are helping public schools escape potential penalties by getting around the No Child Left Behind law's requirement that students of all races must show annual academic progress.
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