Secretary Duncan vows to abolish the “two percent rule”

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan spoke at the 2011 American Association of People with Disabilities Leadership Awards Gala, where he vowed to abolish the “2 percent proxy rule” that obscures an accurate portrait of the academic needs of America’s students with disabilities. He stated that the Department of Education would “not issue another policy that allows districts to disguise the educational performance of 2 percent of students…. We can no longer celebrate the success of one group of students if another group of students is still struggling. We have to be open and honest about where we fall short.” Since 2005, the Department of Education has used its regulatory authority to permit states and local school districts to effectively shield certain test scores of students with disabilities when determining adequate yearly progress (AYP) under the No Child Left Behind Act. Read the Secretary’s speech at

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