Our daughter has Section 504 accommodations that include keyboarding for written work longer than 1-2 sentences.
The school says she can not use this accommodation in an AP course, because the College Board determines who is eligible for accommodations on the actual AP exam.
In fact, although my daughter has the prerequisites and is capable of AP work, the school recommends she not take the AP class because of the need for accommodations.
If your child has a Section 504 plan, the school needs to provide the accommodations in the plan – even in AP classes.
Did we misunderstand the question?
Section 504 ensures that a child with a disability has equal access to an education. Under a 504 Plan, your child may receive accommodations and modifications.
When a school develops a Section 504 plan for a student who needs accommodations, how is the College Board involved?
How does the College Board determine what accommodations a child with a disability should receive in a school class? It is unclear how the College Board can “prohibit” a student on a 504 plan from taking AP classes.
OCR says – “The practice of denying, on the basis of disability, a qualified student with a disability the opportunity to participate in an accelerated program violates both Section 504 and Title II.”
You’ll find this OCR Letter on the Wrightslaw 2-e page at http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/2e.index.htm
The College Board does require prior approval of accommodations for a student taking SATs. http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/college.SAT.accomm.htm
Update: In July 2017, the College Board simplified its request process for test accommodations. Most students who have testing accommodations at their school through an IEP or 504 Plan will have those same accommodations automatically approved.
Work with your school for documentation of a disability and specific timelines for submitting a request and required documentation. The College Board does allow a school to submit materials for students. Their website recommends that families take advantage of the SSD Online tool by working with their school.
But the College Board does not dictate a student’s 504 plan accommodations in public school.