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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 identified as students with disabilities (SD) and/or English language learners (ELL) excluded and assessed in NAEP reading, as a percentage of identified SD and/or ELL students, by state/jurisdiction: 2009
  Percentage of identified SD and/or ELL students
State/jurisdiction Excluded Assessed Assessed
    Nation 28 72 28 45
      Nation (public) 29 71 28 43
Arkansas 17 83 22 61
Connecticut 24 76 14 62
Florida 37 63 4 59
Idaho 24 76 36 39
Illinois 34 66 12 54
Iowa 28 72 14 58
Massachusetts 29 71 19 52
New Hampshire 19 81 39 42
New Jersey 24 76 11 65
South Dakota 33 67 30 37
West Virginia 19 81 36 44
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.