…and teaching special education students
Excluding children with disabilities from assessments artificially inflates state rankings and reveals instruction issues
The Baltimore Sun gets high marks for uncovering the shameful fact that Maryland ranks first nationally in improperly excluding students with disabilities from taking the leading national test of reading ability (“Md. excluded large number of special-education students in national test,” Nov. 16). These exclusions inflate the state’s test scores. They also deflate Maryland’s reputation as the No. 1 education state as ranked by Education Week.
The exclusions help to reveal how certain practices ruin many, if not most, chances that students with disabilities have for academic success. But they are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the lack of understanding — not just about testing but about overall instruction of students with disabilities.
Maryland has excluded so many students mainly because, under the rules governing the test (known as the National Assessment of Academic Progress), students with disabilities cannot have the test questions read aloud to them. Without this “read-aloud accommodation,” as it’s known under federal law, many students with disabilities would fail the test, lowering Maryland’s national ranking.
Here is Prince George’s County we must emphasize that, real improvements in a school system like ours take time and hard work. Miraculous sudden improvements in student achievement reported today by Washington Post, when there were so many problems last year is likely the result of outright fraud or a rigged evaluation system designed to produce desired results.>>>> (Read More Washington Post )
- We must demand election reform. We must move away from a system that enables elected officials here in Maryland and party insiders to ensure that their preferred candidates always win down ballot races, such as elections for Board of Education members. Slates formed by incumbent elected officials and their “sample ballots” must go. We deserve to have real elections where all candidates must sink or swim based on their own merits.
Call your elected officials now and the media. Demand investigations and initiation of changes… There is no smoke without fire!!
In our opinion, We aver and therefore believe Maryland State Board of Education President Dr. Charlene Dukes shown here has demonstrated a culture of corrupt leadership style and continues “an integrated pattern of pay to play” and manipulation during her tenure. Both leaders need to resign to create room for new leadership.
Dr. Lillian Lowery Embattled State Superintendent is currently presiding over deep-seated corruption in Maryland school system. She has demonstrated a culture of discrimination and racism while on the job.