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National Guidelines for Documentation of Special Learning Needs

Testing AccommodationsThe presence of an IEP, 504 Plan, or professional evaluation
does not necessarily mean that a student is eligible for extended time or other special testing accommodations. Documentation to support the need for requested accommodations must:

  1. State the specific disability as diagnosed, using a DSM V classification.
  2. Be current (in most cases, the evaluation must be no older than three years).
  3. Provide complete educational, developmental, and relevant medical history.
  4. Describe the comprehensive testing and techniques used to arrive at the diagnosis (including evaluation(s) date(s) and test results with subtest scores from measures of cognitive ability, current academic achievement, and information processing).
  5. Describe the functional limitations. Explain how the disability impacts the student’s daily functioning abilities.
  6. Describe the specific accommodations requested, and state why the disability qualifies the student for such accommodations.
  7. Establish the professional credentials of the evaluator, including information about license or certification and area of specialization.


Alternative Intervention Strategies (AIS) Plans and Personal Progress Plans (PPP) can be used as supplemental information but does not replace a professional evaluation.

How can I obtain more information about these programs?
You are welcome to attend our Students with Learning Differences Fair on October 12, 2016 rrom 6:30pm to 8:30pm at St. Mark School in Catonsville. Come meet representatives from our Catholic high schools to learn about the programs and resources available for students with learning differences.