ERIC Number: ED349337
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: 0
Eligibility Issues and Comparable Time Limits for Disabled and Nondisabled SAT Examinees. College Board Report No. 92-5.
Ragosta, Marjorie; Wendler, Cathy
Data from test administration timing records, the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) history file, and a survey questionnaire were used to investigate the issues of comparable testing time and eligibility for special test accommodations for SAT examinees with disabilities. In 1986-87 and 1987-88, 17,632 special test administrations were given. Comparable testing time for disabled examinees was found to be between 1.5 and 2 times that of non-disabled examinees. Time limits in that range would assure that approximately equal percentages of disabled and non-disabled examinees would complete each SAT section. Additional time was found necessary for blind students using Braille or cassette versions of the test. Eligibility for special test administration is tied to the severity of disability and documentation of disability. Some levels of disability could be distinguished for those with sensory disabilities, but the severity of disability could not be defined for physically disabled or learning-disabled examinees. It was difficult to isolate the need for test accommodations based on school practices. Alternatives to the current eligibility policy are discussed, including a change to school-based criteria and the use of individualized testing programs, or a change to empirically derived testing times. Five graphs and 40 tables present study data. Thirteen references are included. Appendix A presents the student disability questionnaire, and Appendix B presents the draft application form for special test administration. (Author/SLD)
Descriptors: Affirmative Action, College Entrance Examinations, Disabilities, Eligibility, High School Students, High Schools, Individual Needs, Special Education, Special Needs Students, Test Bias, Test Format, Testing Problems, Time Factors (Learning)
College Board Publications, Box 886, New York, NY 10101-0886 ($12).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: College Entrance Examination Board, New York, NY.
Identifiers: Scholastic Aptitude Test; Special Test Administration