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The New York Post reports this tale….

The high school ‘graduate’ with a diagnosed learning disability who has 2nd grade reading skills, got a high school diploma. He ‘passed’ the tests for graduation.

How did he do that? Well, on the fifth try, someone read the reading test to him (though testing rules did not allow it) so he ‘passed.’

Note that in some states, including Massachusetts, reading tests CAN be read to students!

Surely a case of testing and standards and accommodations gone awry…

About Miriam

Miriam Kurtzig Freedman, JD, MA—an expert in public education, focused on special education law— is a lawyer, author, speaker, consultant, and reformer. For more than 35 years, Miriam worked with educators, parents, policy makers, and citizens to translate complex legalese into plain English and focus on good practices for children. Now, she focuses her passion on reforming special education, with her new book, Special Education 2.0—Breaking Taboos to Build a NEW Education Law. Presentations include those at the AASA Conference, Orange County (CA), Boston College (MA), CADRE (OR), and the Fordham Institute (DC). Her writings have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Education Week, Education Next, Hoover Digest, The University of Chicago Law Review on line,, and The Atlantic Monthly on line.

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