Students who participate in educational assessments and accountability systems come from a variety of backgrounds and have a variety of characteristics. A focus on certain groups of students has accompanied standards-based education approaches. Specifically, underrepresented students such as students from minority backgrounds and students from low-income families have been of interest to ensure that they are benefitting from their education.
Students with disabilities and English learners (ELs) also have been among the subgroups on which attention is focused. ELs with disabilities are a group of increasing interest.
NCEO is supported primarily through a Cooperative Agreement (#H326G160001) with the Research to Practice Division, Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education. Additional support for targeted projects, including those on English learners, is provided by other federal and state agencies, and other educational organizations. The Center is affiliated with the Institute on Community Integration at the College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota. Opinions expressed on this website do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Department of Education or Offices within it.