National Assessment of Educational Progress

Don Rush

DOVER, Del. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Education says Delaware's special education services are doing so poorly that the state needs intervention.

The department said Tuesday that Delaware, with California, Texas and the District of Columbia, received the ranking based on the gap between regular and special-needs students on state proficiency measures and scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress.

The department also said Maryland is among the states that no longer meet federal requirements for special education and was ranked "needs assistance."

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The U.S. Education Department says Maryland has taken important steps in implementing its $250 million Race to the Top grant and has shown encouraging signs, but a department progress report says the state faced multiple challenges in the third year of the initiative.

The department is releasing a progress report Wednesday.

It says Maryland continued to score well above the national average on the National Assessment of Educational Progress last year.

Don Rush

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - While Maryland public schools scored above national averages on a recent national reading assessment, the state had blocked more than half of English language learners and students with learning disabilities from taking the test.

The Washington Post reports Maryland excluded 62 percent of students in the two categories from the fourth-grade reading test. The state blocked 60 percent of those students from taking the eighth-grade reading test.

Don Rush

BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland public school students have scored above national averages in a national assessment.

Results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress for 2013 were released Thursday. The NAEP, which is known as the nation's report card, tests a sample of fourth- and eighth-grade students on reading and mathematics every two years.

While Maryland students improved in reading, math scores went down slightly, compared to 2011.