Fair­fax Agrees to Fol­low Test­ing Rules

The Washington Post Sunday - - Metro Week - All Kids Will Take Stan­dard­ized Read­ing Exam

Fair­fax County school of­fi­cials backed down from a vow to defy fed­eral test­ing rules for stu­dents with lim­ited English skills, say­ing they will give most of those stu­dents grade-level read­ing ex­ams even if they prob­a­bly would stum­ble on items deal­ing with metaphors, po­etry or other dif­fi­cult ma­te­rial.

Su­per­in­ten­dent Jack D. Dale said he has told all prin­ci­pals to fol­low fed­eral rules when test­ing be­gins next month. But stu­dents will be al­lowed to stop if the ma­te­rial be­comes too dif­fi­cult.

Fed­eral of­fi­cials, who con­tend that grade-level tests are nec­es­sary to mea­sure stu­dent progress, threat­ened to with­hold an es­ti­mated $17 mil­lion in aid to Fair­fax schools if the sys­tem failed to com­ply.

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