Gap in Reading Proficiency for Students with Disabilities

A recently released report from The Nation’s Report Card shows a significant gap between reading proficiency of students with disabilities and other students in Connecticut. Among students in fourth grade and students in eighth grade, only 13% of students with disabilities scored at the proficient level while 46% of other students scored at the proficient level. While testing in all states revealed a significant gap between reading proficiency in students with I disabilities and other students, it is noteworthy the gap in Connecticut is larger than the gap in New York and Massachusetts. Such a significant gap in reading proficiency raises important questions about whether students with disabilities are receiving the individualized instruction and services necessary to ensure educational progress, not only in Connecticut but across the nation. You can view the entire report, view state profiles and comparisons, and create custom tables and graphs by going to The Nation’s Report Card.