PSAT, SAT, and AP Accommodated Testing
Now that many of you have completed the administration of the ACT and ACT WorkKeys, and are awaiting the onset of M-STEP, we want to address one of the frequently asked questions that has surfaced in recent weeks specific to accommodations for students with disabilities on the SAT. In short, because of the transition to the SAT, it is important to start applying now for accommodations for students with documented disabilities in grades 7-11. Why?
Much like the ACT, the College Board has specific accommodations that may be granted based on a student’s disability. In general, students approved for a College Board testing accommodation meet the following criteria:
- Has a documented disability
- Participation in a College Board Exam is impacted
- Requested accommodation is needed
- Accommodation is received on school tests
The College Board encourages educators who manage caseloads for students with IEP’s, 504 plans, and LEP services to register for access to their Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) Online portal. The College Board’s SSD Online is the fastest and most accurate way to request and manage accommodations for students with disabilities.
Requests for accommodations take up to seven weeks to be approved once all required documentation is submitted. However, once a student’s accommodations are approved by the College Board, they remain in effect until one year after high school graduation (with some limited exceptions) and can be used on the SAT, SAT Subject Tests, all PSAT tests including the PSAT/NMSQT, and AP Exams. Schools will only need to request accommodations for a student once from the College Board, unless a change in an approved accommodation is deemed necessary.
Consequently, as you hold IEPC’s, 504, and LEP meetings this spring, summer, and fall for students in grades 7-11, we encourage you to consider making application for accommodations on College Board exams a part of the meeting or submitting to your testing accommodations coordinator for submission in close proximity to the meeting. This isn't required, but it would increase efficiency, provide clarity to students and parents in a timelier manner, and allow time for appeal and/or additional documentation if necessary.
For example, while considering accommodations for a 7th grade student that will take the PSAT8 in October, an IEP team may visit www.collegeboard.org/students-with-disabilities, review the typical accommodations and determine which would be necessary for the student to participate in College Board exams, based on the student’s documented disability. Once determined, the school testing coordinator may submit the request to the College Board through SSD Online. If approved, the accommodation(s) will then be available to the student when s/he takes the PSAT8, PSAT9, PSAT10, PSAT/NMSQT (11), SAT and/or AP exams.
Case managers of current sophomores with documented disabilities that had IEP's written between January and March of 2015, should make plans to host an IEPC and/or submit requests for accommodations by the end of December 2015, in order for the accommodation and/or request to be addressed prior to spring testing in March 2016.
School testing coordinators who are responsible for submitting testing accommodations should register for access to the SSD Online through the following process:
- Fax a completed SSD Coordinator Form to College Board’s Services for Students with Disabilities at 866-360-0114. As soon as the form is processed (usually within 1–2 business days), College Board will email you an SSD access code.
- Create a College Board professional account if you don’t already have one.
- When you receive the access code, go to the College Board home page.
- Select the Professional tab of the sign-in module in top left corner of the screen and enter your username and password.
- Select Disabilities Accommodation Management from the drop-down list and click the Sign In button.
- In the next screen you will be prompted for your organization and access code. If your organization is already in the drop-down, you can proceed with entering the access code. Otherwise, you can click Select Another Organization and enter your organization information together with the access code.
- Once you have entered your SSD access code and organization information, click Add.
- You should now see your organization and position (SSD Coordinator) under the Your Access heading. Click Finished.
- Click SSD Online – Disabilities Accommodation Management to go to SSD Online.
- Contact Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) if you have any questions.