Learning disability evaluations must include a comprehensive summary of the student's educational, medical and family history as well as a report of behavioral, neurological and personality disorders that relate to the learning disability. Evidence of a specific learning disability and actual test scores must be provided. Grade equivalents are not acceptable.
Comprehensive testing must be administered for documentation to be acceptable. At a minimum, assessment data must be provided in the following areas:
Acceptable instruments include, but are not limited to, the following:
* Kaufman Adolescent and Adult Intelligence Test
* Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale - Revised (WAIS-R)
* Woodcock-Johnson Psycho-educational Battery - Revised
* Tests of Cognitive Ability
Current levels of functioning in reading, mathematics and written language are required. Acceptable instruments include, but are not limited to, the following:
* Woodcock-Johnson Psycho-Educational Battery - Revised Test of Achievement
* Stanford Diagnostic Mathematics Test
* Woodcock Reading Mastery Tests - Revised
Cognitive Processing Abilities:
Specific areas of information processing must be assessed. Acceptable instruments include, but are not limited to, the following:
* WAIS-R and Woodcock-Johnson Psycho-educational Battery-Revised Test of Cognitive Ability
* Wechsler Memory Scales-Revised
Qualifications of Persons Conducting the Assessments
Learning disability evaluations must be provided by licensed professionals such as educational psychologists, school psychologists, neuropsychologists, learning disabilities specialists and medical doctors with training in the evaluation of learning disabilities. Diagnostic reports must include the name, title, and credentials of the evaluator and should be presented on letterhead. Reports by special education teachers and/or tutors are not acceptable.
Age of Documentation
Accommodations are primarily based upon assessment of the current impact of the student's disability(ies) on his/her academic performance. Therefore, learning disability documentation should have been completed within three years. If evaluation documents are more than three years old, students may be required to provide a more recent diagnostic assessment.
Implementing Recommended Accommodations
Upon receiving the disability evaluations, the Disability Compliance Officer will review the recommendation for accommodations and support services. Appropriate accommodations will be offered only after meeting with the student and may require further contact with selected members of the University's administrators and/or faculty.
Duration of Accommodations
Accommodations are made only during the semester(s) when a student is actively participating in course work. A student will not be granted accommodations if his/her accommodation request pertains to academic performances prior to the diagnosis of a learning disability(ies).