Tests and Assessments: SCHOOL SAYS TESTING ISN’T GOOD ENOUGH FOR 504 PLAN

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Megan:  I have two patients who have been diagnosed and treated as well as having 504 for ADHD. Both students are being told their testing isn’t good enough even though it is standardized and validates disability. Can they deny them a 504 or require them to have a whole new battery of tests defining what they can and can not say in testing?

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Jennifer

Schools must consider reports from doctors, but are not required to make decisions based upon them. Also, a diagnosis that validates disability doesn’t necessarily mean that there is an educational impact. This is something the IEP team must determine (and the team must include the parents). The school can request permission to do new testing. It would be done in the school and at no expense to parents.