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Tips for Parents: Dealing with College Admissions Tests

March 25, 2013 in Special Education Articles by Jess

Martin, a high school freshman with ADD, says, “The testing never ends, school tests, PSAT, ACT and Advanced Placement Tests. Even when you go to college or law school, there are tests and licensing exams. You just can’t escape.”

The pressure to perform on high-stakes tests such as the ACT or SAT is at an all time high. Although there are some students who can handle the pressures, many students, especially those with disabilities, don’t fare as well. The challenges are formidable. There are several reasons for this. College admissions tests: Read the rest of this entry →

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College-Bound: What Every Student with Learning Differences Needs to Know

January 1, 2013 in Special Education Articles by Jess

During this time of year, high school juniors and seniors are hard at work preparing for college entrance exams, writing the perfect admissions essay, touring colleges, and eagerly awaiting decision letters from their institutions of choice. While this can be an exciting, yet stressful time for all students, students with learning differences have another level of factors that they need to take into consideration when choosing the right college. It is important for these students to not only consider the skills necessary to set themselves up for success, but to also be aware of the supports available to them at the colleges where they are considering attending. Read the rest of this entry →

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Proposed DSM-5 Changes & Autism: Future Implications

January 23, 2012 in Special Education Articles by Jess

Much is being written about the new definition of autism spectrum disorders for the DSM5, most of it not positive. I have to admit, I am one of those persons who is not only very skeptical, but also very disheartened by the new criteria. (Read Here and Here) While Special Education Advisor has several other articles outlining their thoughts concerning the DSM5 and receiving services under the IDEA, (here and here) I have several caveats. Read the rest of this entry →

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Accommodations for Students with Disabilities on College Board Tests

September 27, 2011 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Dennise Goldberg

The new school year is in full swing which means that high school students will be preparing for various College Board tests. With regard to students with disabilities, it’s important for parents to be knowledgeable about the process in which your son or daughter must follow in order to apply for accommodations on the College Board Tests. According to www.collegeboard.com, in order for a student to receive accommodations on tests, they must be approved by the College Board Services for Students with Disabilities in advance. If accommodations are used without prior approval the tests scores will not be valid. Another important fact is that even if a student has been receiving accommodations through an IEP or 504 plan, they do not automatically qualify for assistance on their College Board Tests. The College Board has laid out specific instructions for students regarding eligibility, application and documentation requirements. Read the rest of this entry →

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