Student Life

Learning Disability

Students requesting accommodations based on a diagnosis of a learning disability are required to submit documentation that must include a comprehensive psycho-educational evaluation conducted by a licensed or credentialed professional. The diagnostician must be an impartial individual who is not a family member of the student.

The evaluation should be within the past three years, include data from the adult scale, reflect current functional impacts on major life function, and include a clearly stated diagnosis. The report must include a full narrative discussion listing and interpreting all test scores with evidence of statistically significant discrepancies. All recommended accommodations must be clearly linked to the test data with a discussion of each. A list of all current or past accommodations utilized must also be included.

The evaluation must include at least one measure from each of the following categories:
 
1. A measure of Intellectual Ability or Cognitive Functioning. Examples of such measures include
 
  • Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale-Revised (WAIS III)
  • Woodcock-Johnson Psycho-Educational Battery

2. A measure of achievement in reading comprehension, written language, and/or mathematics, which demonstrates a significant impairment. Examples of such measures include
 
  • Woodcock-Johnson Psycho-Educational Battery-R: Tests of Achievement
  • Test of Written Language-3 (TOWL)
  • Nelson-Denny Reading Test
  • Woodcock Reading Mastery Tests-R
  • Stanford Diagnostic Mathematics Test-3rd Edition

3. A measure of Information Processing in one or more of the following areas that demonstrates a significant impairment
 
  • Visual and/or auditory processing
  • Processing speed (other than the Nelson-Denny Reading Rate)
  • Other cognitive measures which are related to the disability
  • Attention and concentration
  • Perceptual motor skills
  • Memory