Students with Diagnosed Learning Differences
To be considered for accommodations, the division learning specialist must have a copy of the educational evaluation from the diagnostician/psychologist on file. The learning specialist will verify that the documentation meets basic guidelines and will notify teachers that the student qualifies for accommodations. Although FWCD is unable to offer specific accommodations that fundamentally change our mission, programs, policies, or staffing, we do provide “reasonable” accommodative supports when there is a specific diagnosis provided from an updated evaluation.
The most commonly granted accommodation in the Upper School is extended time. If approved for extended time, the student may receive up to 50 percent extra time (time-and-a-half) on a test or quiz. The student should alert the teacher no later than the day before the exam or quiz for which the extra time is requested, and the student must not miss another class to complete the exam or quiz.
Students approved for extended time may use the accommodation during semester exams. If a student chooses to take an exam with extended time, he/she is encouraged to maximize the full benefit of the testing window. For example, each student testing with the 50 percent extra-time accommodation on a regular one and one-half-hour exam requires the student to sit for a minimum of one hour and 55 minutes. All Upper School students do their schoolwork under the guidelines of the FWCD Honor Code.
Semester exams for extended time testing begin at 9:45 a.m. for morning exams and extend until 3:45 p.m. for afternoon exams.
Students approved for any accommodation are responsible for making mutually agreeable arrangements with their teachers. The accommodation must not interfere with the student’s work in other classes.
Requesting Accommodations on College-Related Tests
Receiving accommodation at Fort Worth Country Day in no way assures a student of accommodations on tests administered by The College Board and ACT. Students with a learning or physical disability must apply for accommodations with the appropriate testing agency for extended time and other accommodations on standardized tests (e.g., PSAT, SAT, ACT Plus Writing, AP, etc.).
The College Board consent form to request accommodations (PSAT, SAT, AP) and the application for ACT National Testing are available in the Learning Specialist’s Office. Students and parents should submit these respective forms and all previous educational evaluations to the Upper School learning specialist or the College Counseling Office according to the testing agencies’ deadlines.