January 5, 2012
Admission Exams Not ADA Friendly
According to a new report authored by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), not enough is being done to help students with physical/mental challenges regarding university entrance testing. These tests include the SAT and ACT. The Americans with Disabilities Act demands that these students receive these accommodations, but the students are still facing major problems with accommodations.
Students with physical/mental challenges stated two common setbacks when asking for accommodations regarding university entrance testing. They stated that they had to provide a lot of paper work regarding their challenges. They were also frustrated because they weren’t allowed services they receive at their schools for university entrance testing.
The report was commissioned by George Miller and Pete Stark. They are two Democratic Representatives from California. They want the Attorney General to show activism regarding university entrance testing for students with physical/mental challenges.
“The current system of applying for and obtaining testing accommodations — and seemingly haphazard enforcement — are barriers to students with disabilities,” wrote Miller and Stark. “These barriers cause unnecessary delays to their careers and impose additional financial burdens on students who have already struggled and overcome challenges to reach this point.”