Standardized Testing Information
Standard ERB administration (www.erblearn.org) is managed by the lower and middle school administration and classroom teachers. Middle school students with documented diagnosed learning differences are eligible for fifty percent extra time on ERB testing. Children with dysgraphia are permitted to answer questions in the test booklet, rather than on the answer sheet, with advanced approval.
The College Board (Duke Tip, PSAT, SAT, AP exams) (www.collegeboard.com/ssd/student/index.html) and ACT (www.act.org/aap/disab/index.html) often approve students with diagnosed learning differences for special accommodations. College Board and ACT are different agencies and require different application processes. A student can be approved for College Board accommodations before signing up for a specific test or date. With regard to the ACT, you must register for an ACT test date and then submit documentation for approval. Hammond’s Services for Students with Disabilities Coordinator, Ms. Lindsay Wolfe, will advise families on an individual basis regarding this process and all necessary decisions.
Our SSD Coordinator becomes the family’s primary contact throughout this application process. Please allow several months for this process to be completed. All information regarding deadlines and required documentation is listed on the College Board and ACT websites listed above. Psychoeducational testing is considered current for the College Board for five years and for the ACT for three years. Children who are tested early in their academic careers will often need additional testing to remain eligible for special accommodations both at Hammond and on standardized testing.