The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently proposed new guidelines for Learning Disability (LD) testing accommodations that may lead to regulatory or legislative changes to testing accommodations. These guidelines significantly relax the need for updated LD testing to certify LD and appropriate accommodations. For example, it proposes that people self-certify that they still have a learning disorder if they were tested in the past. These new guidelines can lead to granting of unnecessary, inappropriate or unhelpful accommodations, which can be harmful to those who receive them, unfair to other test takers, and pose the risk of making high stakes tests less affordable for low income students. SCN, in collaboration with the Interorganizational Practice Committee (IOPC) worked jointly with Larry Hess, PhD and Benjamin Lovett, PhD and sent a letter to the DOJ expressing our concerns. This letter can be accessed below.
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