Cate hopes for exemptions for No Child Left Behind law

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Vermont’s Education Commissioner says he’s hopeful the state will receive some relief from what many educators see as one of the more onerous provisions of the federal No Child Life Behind law.

The law says all but one percent of students must test at grade level for schools to be rated as making “adequate yearly progress.” But now some states are being allowed to exempt three percent of students from testing at grade level.

Commissioner Richard Cate says students with severe cognitive disabilities should not be asked to take the same tests as other students the same age.

He says Vermont likely will hear in September whether the federal government will grant the state additional exemptions from the testing requirements.

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