Jesuit High School Standardized Testing Accommodations Submission Policy (PSAT/SAT/ACT)

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In order for students to take standardized tests such as the PSAT/SAT/ACT with extended-time, students must:

  • Have documentation that meets the requirements of the SAT/ACT organizations
    • Including both cognitive and achievement testing (psycho-educational evaluation).
    • Current as defined by the SAT is documentation that is updated every five years.
    • Current as defined by the ACT is documentation that is updated every three years.
  • Have a Formal Written Plan developed through the Academic Support Center.
    • Each family must meet with the ASC director AND provide learning/educational documentation to the ASC director.
  • Be using and/or needing extended-time on school-based tests (final exam statistics are tracked through the ASC).

ADHD – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a medical diagnosis. It is not currently recognized as a learning disability. Learning documentation regarding ADHD must present clear evidence of needed interventions/accommodations. Failure to finish timed tests cannot be used in isolation to demonstrate impairment.

Jesuit High School will not submit documentation as follows:

  • Incomplete (educational evaluations must have cognitive and achievement testing).
  • Doctor diagnosis without educational testing as outlined above. A diagnosis of ADHD is not evidence of a need for extended-time.  Learning documentation must provide measurable impairment of academic achievement.

Additionally, learning documentation should:

  • Clearly state the learning diagnosis with DSM V criteria.
  • Present a history of the disabling condition and its impact on learning as well as other functional limitations.
  • Provide tests used to reach diagnostic conclusions.
  • Provide testing both with and without extended-time.
  • Offer explicit recommendations and accommodations based on individual learning needs.
  • Include evaluator’s professional credentials.

Please be advised that extended-time accommodations are for students with documented learning disorders as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

School-based interventions and SAT/ACT accommodations may differ. Referrals for educational evaluations are available upon request. 

Additional information can be found at:

https://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act/registration/accommodations.html

https://www.collegeboard.org/students-with-disabilities/ssd-online