The presence of an IEP, 504 Plan, or professional evaluation does not necessarily mean that a student is eligible for testing or other accommodations.
Documentation to support the need for requested accommodations must:
1. state the specific disability, as diagnosed, using a DSM IV classification;
2. be current (in most cases, the evaluation should be no older than five 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 date[s] and test results with subtest scores from measures of cognitive ability, current academic achievement, and information processing);
5. describe the functional limitations supported by the test results; how these limitations affect learning and testing;
6. describe the specific accommodations requested, including the amount of extended time required (i.e. 50%, 100%) and state why the disability qualifies the student for such accommodations; and
7. establish the professional credentials of the evaluator, including information about license or certification and area of specialization.
Compiled by the Calvert Hall College Guidance Department, 2000.