ERIC Number: EJ1021056
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Learning Disability Documentation in Higher Education: What Are Students Submitting?
Sparks, Richard L.; Lovett, Benjamin J.
Learning Disability Quarterly, v37 n1 p54-62 Feb 2014
This study examined the supporting documentation submitted by students with learning disability (LD) diagnoses. The participants were 210 students who were enrolled in a college support program for students with disabilities at a private liberal arts college. Findings showed that although most students submitted a psychoeducational evaluation, fewer than half submitted a complete evaluation that included an IQ test and a complete achievement battery that contained full cluster or composite scores and reported standard scores. Public school evaluators had completed larger numbers of incomplete evaluations than private clinicians. Above 20% of the evaluations had been completed more than 3 to 5 years earlier, and 12% were more than 5 years old. The findings from this study extend conclusions from other investigations to specialized support programs for students with LD, suggesting that the quality of documentation for LD submitted to these programs is often poor.
Descriptors: Learning Disabilities, Higher Education, Documentation, Educational Diagnosis, Postsecondary Education, Audits (Verification), Related Services (Special Education), Eligibility, Diagnostic Tests, Standardized Tests, Content Analysis, Special Needs Students, College Students
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Higher Education
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Gray Oral Reading Test; Kaufman Brief Intelligence Test; Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement; Nelson Denny Reading Tests; Oral and Written Language Scales; Stanford Binet Intelligence Scale; Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale; Wechsler Individual Achievement Test; Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children; Wide Range Achievement Test; Woodcock Johnson Tests of Achievement; Woodcock Reading Mastery Test
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