Establishing a collection of data on Deaf children to track their yearly progress is essential. With over 90% of Deaf children attending public schools, the number of Deaf children who are falling through the cracks is of great concern. These children are deprived of an education of comparable quality to their hearing peers because of the lack of state mandated data collection systems that track the individual Deaf student throughout his or her school years. With an ever-increasing emphasis on accountability in the schools in the past few years, it is important to know and understand how all students are performing and learning, especially those who need extra attention to succeed, to ensure that all students are receiving an education that is best suited for their needs.
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