Spellings Eases Cap

K-12 Testing

U.S. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings announced in early April new guidelines that will allow states to exempt an additional two percent of their students from the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) proficiency requirement. These student would be exempt due to learning disabilities. Previously, the Department allowed states to exempt only one percent (equal to about 10 percent of students with disabilities).


Previous changes created exemptions, including for students with limited English proficiency, which allowed many states to report fewer schools “in need of improvement” (INOI) and made valid comparisons with previous years impossible.