The LDA of America recently filed a formal ADA complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice concerning the major high school equivalency tests regarding the accessibility of accommodations for individuals with learning disabilities.
A Subcommittee of LDA members who serve on the Adult Topics and Public Policy Committee believes the current policies, procedures and practices of the testing entities which administer the high school equivalency exams (“Testing Entities”) create barriers that individuals with learning disabilities must overcome in order to access high school equivalency exams. Some of these barriers are minor, and are easily remedied. However, other barriers are substantial and require significant changes by the Testing Entities because they make it difficult for individuals with learning disabilities to obtain the accommodations allowed by law.
The Subcommittee prepared a report to provide a brief outline of the current law on testing accommodations and “high stakes” tests, and to review the testing accommodations’ policies, procedures and practices of the Testing Entities. In addition to this review, the Subcommittee prepared a survey that was sent on December 21, 2014 to LDA’s entire list of email addresses. The Survey was also sent on January 28, 2015 to the email addresses of all the State Directors of Adult Education. The purpose of the Survey was to learn first-hand from individuals with learning disabilities their experiences obtaining and using accommodations on high school equivalency exams.