ABC News Tackles Tough Subject of S.A.T. Prep and “Extended Time” Options for Students with Special Needs Accomodations

Monday, September 22, 2008

Here in the Dulles Technology Corridor, students and parents are buzzing about what they just heard on the news. Hear what ABC News has to say about students in the DC Metro Area with regard to standardized achievement tests like the S.A.T. exam.

Discussing students with learning disabilities requesting extra time through legal channels, they work to build a case both for and against special accommodations for extended time. Do the needs of special education students weigh out the rights of many to “fairness” of measurement on the exams? Definately, ABC News has hit on a hot topic of debate in the education field as well as opened a can of worms for colleges across the world. The issue of extended time on exams may become the 21st century educational debate equivalent to debates about Affirmative Action and Title IX of the 20th century.

Visit www.tri-edtutoring.com for information on how to prepare for timed test success on the S.A.T. the old fashioned way — by studying with a trained and qualified tutor and practicing regularly throughout the school year and summer to improve your score and speed.

Oddly enough, the debate could be solved if the Educational Testing System “ETS” was allowed to disclose which exams were taken timed and which were not–and could potentially overcome legal obstacles regarding disclosure if all students were offered the option of registering for an untimed disclosed version of the test.

What are your thoughts in the Dulles Technology Corridor? Would Loudoun and Fairfax County students benefit from untimed tests? Even better, how much would or could steady practice and study of the test format throughout the year help to improve those test scores those extra two to three hundred points, and will a score alone make the difference in which college accepts a student to a private or Ivy League school? [Our thoughts are no–you must have good grades, a high exam score, extra curricular activities, be able to write at a college level, and have excellent manners and character references these days, too.]

Just something to think about and discuss with your college-bound teenage student over dinner and after the homework and extra-curricular studies are through.


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