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Justice Dept. Examines SAT, ACT on Accommodations

February 29, 2016

The U.S. Justice Department is gathering information about how the College Board (for the SAT) and ACT handle requests for accommodations from students with disabilities, Education Week reported. The issues of what accommodations students are entitled to, and how testing organizations handle requests, are not new. But the report says that the government's interest in the issue has grown as more states require all high school students to take one of the admissions tests. In some cases, while students' high schools have granted them accommodations (such as extra time) related to their disabilities, the testing agencies have declined to do so.

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Scott Jaschik

Scott Jaschik, Editor, is one of the three founders of Inside Higher Ed. With Doug Lederman, he leads the editorial operations of Inside Higher Ed, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Scott is a leading voice on higher education issues, quoted regularly in publications nationwide, and publishing articles on colleges in publications such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Salon, and elsewhere. He has been a judge or screener for the National Magazine Awards, the Online Journalism Awards, the Folio Editorial Excellence Awards, and the Education Writers Association Awards. Scott served as a mentor in the community college fellowship program of the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media, of Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a member of the board of the Education Writers Association. From 1999-2003, Scott was editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Scott grew up in Rochester, N.Y., and graduated from Cornell University in 1985. He lives in Washington.

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