Accommodations: AP CLASS ACCOMMODATIONS

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Shelly:  The LSSP is telling me that my child can’t have the same accommodations in his AP class that he has in his Gen Ed class (extended test time, no miscountings for spelling errors, extra time for homework, etc). I can’t find this anywhere! My kid is failing his class (that is required at his school) due to no accommodations. I know that his accommodations need to be submitted by Feb 17 for testing purposes, but I can’t find anything about class work. Please help!

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Cecilia

I am beginning similar journey with my high school aged son. It seems there is a difference between accommodations and modifications. Modifications change the assignment, classwork or tests in some way. Accommodations change how the child accomplishes the assignments, classwork and tests. Accommodations are allowed by law.

Lisa

I called an talked to a representative from the College Board: For an AP CLASS, the high school is bound by federal IDEA law which applies to all high school classes- they MUST honor the accommodations his IEP. The College Board has no interest or jurisdiction in the the high school classroom.

The only interest/jurisdiction that the College Board has is in the context of accommodations for the AP EXAM. (Apply through the SSD branch of the College Board for AP TEST TAKING accommodations on AP TEST Day.)

Pilar

This is a very important discussion for parents to have. According to College Board (CB), the AP course is a college level class. College level courses and tests (AP, dual credit, dual enrollment, etc.) fall under ADA law, whereas K-12 education falls under the IDEA law. For this reason you have to apply through CB’s SSD to get accommodations (acc or accs) verses through IEP. Per IDEA (implementation) consideration for allowable accs on tests and class should be used regularly in the classroom setting. CB SSD has the same consideration when applying for accommodations for their tests. They want to know what the student’s documented disability is and what accommodations have been used and are recommended for the students. Based on this information they determine the allowable accommodations

Melany

I’m also interested in this question. As my son has a 504 plan already in place, but the teacher will not follow homework accommodations, stating it’s an AP class, and if he can’t keep up he should get out. However, CollegeBoard has already approved his extended time for the test. So, is extra test time the only modification by law? Any info would be helpful.
Are AP classes exempt from class accommodations?
Thank you

Morning

Some AP teachers are not educated or trained on 504/IEPs accommodations. Bottom line, teachers may not have “support structure” in place to accommodate. They need a “go to” person on staff such as a collaborative case manager. While the accommodations seems simple to us as parents to implement–to some AP teachers they seem unreasonable and extra work–that is why the case manager should educate and collaborate with that teacher. Yes, some teachers will refuse and don’t understand the law, and I put blame on the administration for not educating and training staff. Be careful, at the college level–make sure you find a college that has a well staffed disability support office as some college faculty are resistant to accommodations.

Chuck

Melany, No these classes are not exempt from providing students with accommodations. As Morning says, AP teachers & often other teachers are not provided the training & support they need to know their responsibility to provide accommodations. Hopefully the district 504 coordinator knows that AP teachers are required to provide accommodations, if the campus administrators do not.

Pilar

I would definitely expect the teacher to use those accommodations authorized for the tests. Other considerations like shorten assignments are not applicable to the tests, college courses, etc. Research shows that classes like AP exposes students to the rigor of real college classes, thus the validity of student’s success in AP can be compared to college success in related content. Consider the IEP and its related performance on the tests.

Pilar

AP teachers are required to attend training by CB and follow the approved syllabus. Thus they are not allowed to deviate from the rigor of the course, but they can look at CB’s allowable accommodations and students current IEP to determine which is a reasonable accommodation per ADA to help the student. This definitely something to discuss before enrolling any student into an AP, SAT, ACT, Dual Credit or enrollment course. I would like to hear more per your research. Remember you can always contact CB SSD department.