The US Department of Education is publicly declaring its intention to move away from assessing special education state quality indicators/compliance for students/schools based on a system of achieving and maintaining education and civil rights protections to one based on test score achievement. Secretary Arne Duncan calls it the result-driven accountability a “shift away from complacency.” The comments made by the Secretary and other state directors of special education single out children with specific learning and communication disorders as benefitting from the new approach. But what are these statements based upon, and how will they really improve education outcomes?

Parents tend to view their children