The Application of Competency Testing Mandates to Handicapped Children
Martha M. McCarthy
Many states are facing the issue of how to apply minimum competency testing (MCT) mandates to handicapped students. In this article, Martha McCarthy considers the legality of MCT diploma requirements applied to the handicapped in light of (1) their constitutional and statutory rights to nondiscriminatory treatment, (2) their statutory right to an appropriate education, and (3) their constitutional right to substantive and procedural due process. She also offers a brief discussion of some unresolved legal issues surrounding the use of competency tests, including test validity, the controversy over individualized and standardized diploma requirements, and the identification of minimum competencies.