Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Major Standardized Testing Body Prohibited from Flagging Test Results of Students Who Receive Special Accomodations. (Legislative Update)

Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Major Standardized Testing Body Prohibited from Flagging Test Results of Students Who Receive Special Accomodations. (Legislative Update)

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On February 7, 2001, the Educational Testing Service (ETS) announced that by October of this year, it would end the practice of flagging tests with the notation "Scores Obtained Under Special Conditions" for students who, due to their disability, take their tests under special arrangements, such as being given extra time.

The tests for which this new rule will apply are: the Graduate Record Examination, the Graduate Management Admission Test, the Test of English as a Foreign Language, and Praxis (a test for teachers). Not covered under this rule are the tests given for admission into medical or law school, or the Standard Achievement Tests (SAT). However, the College Board, an independent entity that owns the SAT test, is required to convene a group and recommend whether its flagging policy should be continued, changed, or ended.

Robert Schaeffer, public education director of FairTest, an advocacy organization in Cambridge, Massachusetts, that works to end the abuses, misuses, and flaws of standardized testing (http://www. …

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