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The academic accommodations program at LWHS is designed to help students identify their unique learning style and needs, facilitate a smooth transition from LWHS to college by fulfilling the requirements for most colleges’ application policies for students with a diagnosed condition that impacts learning, and meet the standards set forth by organizations that administer tests such as the AP Exams, SAT and ACT. For these reasons, the academic accommodations program begins with a full formal evaluation and diagnosis which meets the criteria established by the College Board and UC System.

Accessing Accommodations

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  • Learn More About How to Access Academic Accommodations

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  • Examples of Appropriate Accommodations

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  • Standardized Tests (PSAT, SAT, AP, ACT)

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7 Guidelines for Documentation

  1. State the specific disability as diagnosed.
    Diagnosis should be made by a person with appropriate professional credentials, should be specific, and, when appropriate, should relate the disability to the applicable professional standards, for example, DSM-IV.
  2. Be current.
    In most cases, the evaluation and diagnostic testing should have taken place within five years of the request for accommodations. For psychiatric disabilities, an annual evaluation update must be within 12 months of the request for accommodations. We strongly recommend that the testing take place within three years of graduation, to enable students to access accommodations in college. For visual disabilities, documentation should be within two years, and for physical/medical, an update must be within one year from the time of the request.
  3. Provide relevant educational, developmental, and medical history.
  4. Describe the comprehensive testing and techniques used to arrive at the diagnosis. Include test results with subtest scores (standard or scaled scores) for all tests.
  5. Describe the functional limitations. Explain how the disability impacts the student’s daily functioning and ability to participate in the test.
  6. Describe the specific accommodations being requested on College Board tests, including the amount of extended time required or the maximum amount of time the student can be tested in a day, if applicable. State why the disability qualifies the student for such accommodations on standardized tests.
  7. Establish the professional credentials of the evaluator (for example, licensure; certification; area of specialization).

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