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Facts from NLTS2: General Education Participation and Academic Performance of Students With Learning Disabilities

NCSER 2006-3001
July 2006

Students' Academic Course Grades

General education academic teachers consider daily class work, homework, test results, and students' behaviors as important factors in determining grades of students with learning disabilities (Newman, Marder, and Wagner 2003). Approximately one in five students with learning disabilities receive academic coursework grades at either end of the grading spectrum—18 percent receive grades characterized as "mostly As and Bs" and 19 percent receive "mostly Ds and Fs" (figure 4). However, most students receive mid-level grades (i.e., "Bs and Cs" or "Cs and Ds").