National standardized testing establishments (PSAT, SAT, AP Exams, SAT Subject Matter Tests, ACT) have specific guidelines and approval processes for extended time on tests. To receive accommodations, an application is submitted and approval is granted by the specific testing institution for these services. The process to request extended time is initiated by the parent and then handled through the director of the Marist Academic Center.
Marist School adheres to the Educational Testing Service’s policy to determine the appropriateness of requests for special accommodations for students with learning differences. In order for a student to be considered for accommodation, a comprehensive psychoeducational examination report must be submitted. The testing must comply with the following requirements:
- The evaluation must be conducted by a qualified evaluator. The name, title, and professional credentials of the evaluator should be clearly stated in the document.
- Testing must be current within the past five years. Although the disability may continue over a lifetime, the severity of the condition may change over time. The provision of reasonable accommodations and services is based on an assessment of the current impact of the disability on academic performance.
- Documentation must substantiate an ADHD or learning disability diagnosis. The written report must contain evidence of early impairment and current impairment; relevant testing information; identification of a DSM-V criteria and/or a specific diagnosis; and an interpretive summary that includes relevant recommendations for accommodations.
Please Note: The completion of psychoeducational testing alone does not guarantee extended time or other accommodations by Marist or college testing agencies. Testing results must indicate the specific diagnoses that suggest the accommodations.