The latest installment of the Report of the Week (ROTW) comes from Education Sector:
Here’s a quote from the report:
[B]ecause the majority of special education students have disabilities that do not preclude them from reaching grade-level standards there doesn’t seem to be a need to rollback NCLB’s accountability measures for students with disabilities. To the contrary, doing so could hurt such students by reducing schools’ responsibility for ensuring that they are taught to high standards.
The paragraph you cited is so true. Prior to NCLB, there wasn’t any accountability for students identified with disabilities and this is an important point that speaks to one (the only?) benefit of NCLB. Schools were FINALLY held accountable for their students with special needs.