April 20th, 2004

Testing Matthew

The Bush administration’s No Child Left Behind law requires more standardized testing, with far tougher tests for America’s 7 million students in “special education”.  And that’s not all:  if these students fail to measure-up, then their schools will be put on warning lists and could ultimately be shut down.

Depending on how you look at it, the new testing requirements are either a disaster in the making or the most exciting opportunity in decades for students with disabilities.

Through profiles of students, conversations with their teachers and parents, and interviews with lawmakers on both sides of the debate, we examine the complexities involved in deciding what students with “special needs” should be expected to know and how best to test them.

(Originally aired April 20, 2004)

This program is made possible by the following funders:
Grade Level Reading Fund of the Tides Foundation, The Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki Foundation, The Wallace Foundation, and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

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