My daughter’s evaluation results said, she “may experience difficulty in retrieving phonological information from long-term or permanent memory, as well as difficulty executing a sequence of operations quickly and repeatedly.”
She has a Section 504 Plan. Despite her allowance for extended testing time she has been denied both by the ACT and the SAT testing organizations.
Review the ACT and SAT Requirements
The ACT requires a “professionally diagnosed condition, appropriate documentation on file at school, and extended time used on tests in school due to disability”. http://www.actstudent.org/regist/disab/chart.html
The SAT required documentation is listed on page 2 of this list of instructions for the application for accommodations form. http://www.collegeboard.com/prod_downloads/ssd/eligibility_form_instructions.pdf
The full information about applying for accommodations on the SAT is here. http://professionals.collegeboard.com/testing/ssd/application/apply
Print out the information from these websites and look it over.
Meet with the Guidance Counselor
If you do not readily see what is missing from your daughter’s application for accommodations, sit down with the guidance counselor (or the person at the school who monitors the 504 plans). See what the two of you come up with.
When you and your daughter meet with the school person bring:
- your daughter’s evaluation
- her 504 plan
- information from the ACT/SAT websites
This will make it easier to follow along and make notes about what needs to happen.
Rights and Responsibilities
Read Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities
This publication from the Office for Civil Rights answers questions you and your daughter may have about obtaining accommodations at college.
College: Continuing and Higher Education https://www.wrightslaw.com/info/college.index.htm
Quick Guide to Accommodations on the SAT for Students with Disabilities https://www.wrightslaw.com/info/college.SAT.accomm.htm
Loans, Scholarships, and Financial Aid https://www.wrightslaw.com/info/college.index.htm#finance