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About the Assessment: Inclusion Rates

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, including exclusion rates from current and previous assessments in all subject areas.

The tables below show the percentage of students identified as SD and/or ELL, and provide the rate of students excluded and accommodated in two ways: as a percentage of all students in the NAEP sample, or as a percentage of students identified as SD and/or ELL. Tables that provide percentages of SD students include those identified under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (Title 29 U.S.C. 794 Section 504), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of handicap in federally assisted programs and activities. In addition, the percentages are further disaggregated in the SD tables by showing those who were identified as having an Individualized Education Program (IEP) . View district inclusion rates.

Grade 4 SD/ELL
Grade 4 SD
Grade 4 ELL
Grade 8 SD/ELL
Grade 8 SD
Grade 8 ELL
Grade 12 SD/ELL
Grade 12 SD
Grade 12 ELL

Percentage of twelfth-grade students with disabilities (SD) and/or English language learners (ELL) identified, excluded, and assessed in NAEP reading, as a percentage of all students, by state/jurisdiction: 2009
  Percentage of all students
State/jurisdiction Identified Excluded Assessed Assessed
    Nation 13 4 9 4 6
      Nation (public) 14 4 10 4 6
Arkansas 15 3 13 3 9
Connecticut 13 3 10 2 8
Florida 16 6 10 1 10
Idaho 10 2 7 4 4
Illinois 14 5 9 2 7
Iowa 12 3 9 2 7
Massachusetts 16 5 12 3 9
New Hampshire 17 3 14 7 7
New Jersey 16 4 12 2 10
South Dakota 10 3 7 3 4
West Virginia 15 3 12 6 7
NOTE: SD includes those identified under section 504. The national results include both public and nonpublic school students. The national (public) and state results include public school students only. Eleven states participated in the assessment and met the reporting criteria. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. 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.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2009 Reading Assessment.