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Alternative Testing on the Rise: Va. Expands Costly 'Portfolio' Tests to More Categories of Challenged Students

Date: June 8, 2009
Author: Editorial Staff
QUOTE: The federal government approved Virginia's reading portfolio for beginning English learners in 2007 after protests by local school boards that the regular grade-level test was unfair. The 2002 federal law requires public schools to test students in reading and math in grades three through eight and once in high school. Schools that fail to reach target pass rates for all groups of students, including those with disabilities and English learners, face possible sanctions.

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