ERIC Number: ED311672
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987-May
Reference Count: N/A
College Admissions Policies and Handicapped Youth. Final Report.
The study analyzed data on 10,000 students with disabilities who took the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) between 1979 and 1983. It also examined college admissions policies toward such youth in terms of academic performance, minority status, parental income, and other characteristics. Major findings included the following: (1) the SAT performance of handicapped youth is below that for college-bound seniors in general; (2) visually impaired and physically handicapped youth earned SAT scores only slightly lower than those of college-bound seniors in general, but scores of learning-disabled students were significantly lower; (3) physically handicapped students are less likely to participate in arts, music, and dance, and hearing-impaired and learning-disabled youth are less likely to participate in most extracurricular activities; (4) the parental income of college-bound handicapped youth exceeds that of the general population with the highest incomes reported by families of learning-disabled students; (5) handicapped youth who request special SAT accommodations are less likely than the general population to meet the admission criteria; (6) the SAT should be translated into sign language since it is presently inappropriate for the hearing impaired; and (7) differential admission rates are due to differences in student performance in high school and on the SAT and not due to the disability per se. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: SAT (College Admission Test)