Fairfax Agrees to Follow Testing Rules
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.