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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Justice Department Issues Technical Assistance on Testing Accommodations

From the Center for Parent Information and Resources

September, 2015

Useful to parents in understanding and communicating what’s permitted in terms of testing accommodations for individuals with disabilities.

On September 8, 2015, the Justice Department issued technical assistance on testing accommodations for individuals with disabilities who take standardized exams and other high-stakes tests. This guidance addresses the obligation of testing entities, both private and public, to ensure that the test scores of individuals with disabilities accurately reflect the individual’s aptitude, achievement, or the skill that the exam purports to measure, rather than his or her disability.

The document discusses:
  • who is entitled to testing accommodations,
  • what types of testing accommodations must be provided, and
  • what documentation may be required of the person requesting testing accommodations.

The document also discusses prohibited flagging policies, and how test scores for test-takers receiving disability-related accommodations should be reported.

Read the technical assistance document at:

A PDF version is also available, at:

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