Students with disabilities will have an easier time requesting accommodations during tests, starting on Jan. 1. The College Board announced on Dec. 1 that students with special-education plans that include testing accommodations will receive automatic approval for the same accommodations when taking tests including the SAT, PSAT 10, PSAT/NMSQT, SAT subject tests and AP exams. Those accommodations can include extra time to complete the exam, allowing the student to sit in a separate room and having an instructor read the test aloud to the student.
The changes come after years of complaints that existing testing practices gave unfair advantage to students without disabilities — complaints which prompted the U.S. Department of Justice to question the College Board and its competitor, ACT Inc., about their practices.
The College Board also announced that in the fall of 2017, English language learner students taking the SAT will also have the option to receive extended testing time and the opportunity to test in an environment with fewer distractions.
Education Week, Dec. 1
The Washington Post, Dec. 2