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National exclusion rates in reading

NAEP has always endeavored to assess all students selected as a part of its sampling process, including students who are classified by their schools as students with disabilities (SD) and/or as English language learners (ELL). The decision to exclude any of these students is made by school personnel. School personnel are encouraged to use inclusion criteria provided by NAEP and may discuss their inclusion decisions with NAEP field staff. Some students may participate with testing accommodations. Read more about the NAEP inclusion policy.

Grade 4
 Grade 8
Percentage of fourth-grade students identified as students with disabilities (SD) and/or English language learners (ELL) who were excluded and assessed in NAEP reading: 2007
Student characteristic Percentage of identified SD and/or ELL students
Excluded Assessed Assessed
without accommodation
with accommodation
SD and/or ELL 26 74 42 32
SD 34 66 24 41
ELL 20 80 61 19
NOTE: Students identified as both SD and ELL were counted only once under the combined SD and/or ELL category, but were counted separately under the SD and ELL categories. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2007 Reading Assessment.

To see a summary of exclusion rates from earlier assessments, see the 1992–2005 exclusion rates in reading.

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