De La Salle High School requires the full and timely sharing of information regarding any learning needs or associated accommodations for students. Parents should disclose all such information and understand that decisions on matters related to learning needs and associated accommodations depend on the full cooperation of parents in sharing needed information.
De La Salle High School uses the standards prescribed by the College Board (SAT) and American College Testing (ACT) services. This accomplishes two goals. First, it allows the school to update all of the records with common, recognized criteria for student accommodations. Second, when a student attains Junior and/or Senior standing and parents wish to request testing accommodations on the A.P., SAT, or ACT, the necessary documentation is on file. The proper forms will still need to be completed by the parents and the school, but the process will be greatly expedited.
The following guidelines for documentation are required. Documentation must be written by the diagnosing professional and meet ALL of these guidelines:
- States the specific disability as diagnosed;
- Is current (within the last three years);
- Describes the presenting problem(s) and developmental history, including relevant and educational history;
- Describes the comprehensive assessments (neuropsychological or psycho educational evaluations), including evaluation dates, used to arrive at the diagnosis:
For learning disabilities, you must provide test results (including subtests), with standard scores and percentiles from:
a) an aptitude assessment using a complete, valid, and comprehensive battery,
b) a complete achievement battery,
c) an assessment of information processing, and
d) evidence that alternative explanations were ruled out.
For ADD/ADHD, you must include:
a) evidence of early impairment,
b) evidence of current impairment, including presenting problem and diagnostic interview,
c) evidence that alternative explanations were ruled out,
d) results from valid, standardized, age-appropriate assessments, and
e) number of applicable DSMIV TR criteria and how they impair the individual.
For visual, hearing, and other physical disorders, you must provide results from complete ocular, audiology, or other appropriate medical examination.
- Describes the functional limitations or impairment (e.g. adverse effect on learning and academic achievement) resulting from the disability, as supported by the test results;
- Describes specific recommended accommodations;
- Establishes the professional credentials of the evaluator.
If your son needs retesting, you have two options:
1 - Contact your local public school district. A public school district is mandated by law to provide services within a specified period of time (usually within six weeks). Some districts may try to discourage you, so be persistent.
2 - You can have your son privately tested. If you choose this option, we can provide names of local educational psychologists who have worked with our students in the past.
If you have questions or need further information, please contact Mr. Sean Bristol, Spartan Success & Learning Needs Coordinator, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone (during regular school hours) at 925-288-8104.