Standardized testing of American students has been a requirement since the passage of the No Child Left Behind Act in the early 2000s. Some of the consequences of this act have been quite horrific, especially for disabled children. The Washington Post reported on two episodes, one of which involved a child with cerebral palsy.
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Florida requires all students to take a version of their standardized test over a two-week period unless they can get a wavier. A boy named Ethan Rediske, a 6th grader, was one of these students. He had cerebral palsy, blindness, epilepsy, and developmental delays. His mind was the equivalent of someone six months old.
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This would seem like an obvious wavier. Ethan’s condition declined in 2013 and he was in a morphine coma preparing to die. That’s when the state reached out to his parents insisting on proof that he deserved the wavier, despite the fact that his parents said he was in hospice. They wanted a letter from the hospice to confirm he was dying. Furthermore, the state was requiring his teacher to go there every day to document his “progress”.
The family reported it to the media and the local school board to advocate on their behalf. Ethan passed in early 2014. You can read about the second case in the linked article above.