Increased support for students with accommodations

Breaking down what the recent accommodations announcement could mean for your child.

Increased support for students with accommodations

For years, the College Board was more generous than the ACT in its tendency to provide accommodations for students with learning disabilities. However, recent announcements from the ACT signal that they are ready to offer these students increased support. A press release in July and an August release of a document listing possible accommodations indicate that the ACT intends to be more sympathetic to the diverse learning needs of students who take their college entrance exams.  

While we can’t know exactly how these changes will take shape, we’re optimistic, and we’re watching closely. We expect that the ACT will join the College Board in respecting the accommodations that students are already receiving in school by approving whatever is documented on a student’s IEP or 504 plan. We’re also hopeful that students will be approved more easily for certain accommodations that have been previously difficult to obtain, including the use of a highlighter or a ruler for tracking. If you believe that your child would benefit from any of the listed accommodations and they have a diagnosis that might make them eligible, we encourage you to speak directly to their school to apply.  

For our part, we’re investing in Private Prep’s ability to support students with learning disabilities. Our Director of Special Education provides monthly workshop opportunities where tutors can learn how to modify their instruction and works with in-house learning specialists to provide tutors with pedagogical suggestions based on any documentation you provide.  

While details are still being finalized, we always do our best to keep you informed. We are here to answer any questions you may have; don’t hesitate to contact us.

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