High-Stakes Testing and Students With Disabilities Academic Article uri icon


  • The use of high-stakes testing has become an increasingly popular assessment for schools to use in demonstrating individual academic performance of students, and providingaccountability for school improvement. Given the potential negative consequences associated with mandatory testing (e.g., grade retention, withholding of high school diplomas, labeling failing schools), students, parents, and school districts all bear significant risks based upon student test scores. The historically poor performance of students with disabilities on these assessments has raised concerns over minimum standards, permissible test modifications, and alternate assessments. The authors provide a review of recent research literature, legislation, and court decisions pertaining to the use of high-stakes testing for students with special needs in support of : (a) federal legislation (i.e., No Child Left Behind and Individual With Disabilities Education Act), (b) Mandatory Competency Exams to determine grade promotion, and (c) Mandatory Exit Exams to meet graduation requirements.

published proceedings

  • Journal of Disability Policy Studies

altmetric score

  • 1

author list (cited authors)

  • Katsiyannis, A., Dalun Zhang, .., Ryan, J. B., & Jones, J.

citation count

  • 9

complete list of authors

  • Katsiyannis, Antonis||Ryan, Joseph B||Jones, Julie

publication date

  • December 2007