questions about whether the current proposal is in violation of both No Child LeftBehind (NCLB) as well as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This evidence, from external researchers, including the designers of the test,shows critical gaps that make the NECAP an inadequate measure--the wrong measurefor these purposes. While the intent might not to be unjust, using this test in aconjunctive system is unjust. If the current proposal is approved, there is no doubt that itwill end up in the courts. The question is, will the Board of Regents and CommissionerGist keep pushing this proposal despite the overwhelming evidence that this is an unjust,illegal plan? Why let the future of Rhode Island students be decided by the courts, whenthere is overwhelming evidence that this plan will devastate the bright futures of somany of our young people?Works CitedBechard, Sue and Godin, Ken. New England Compact (2007).
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