How to request accommodations through the school verification process
Most accommodation requests are processed through SSD's school verification process. When a request for accommodations is submitted by the student’s SSD Coordinator and the student meets College Board criteria, in most cases, the student does not need to submit additional documentation of a disability.
What to do
To qualify for accommodations under the school verification process, the student must:
- Have a disability that necessitates testing accommodations
- Have documentation on file at school that supports the need for the requested accommodation and meets the College Board's Documentation Guidelines
- Receive and use the requested accommodations, due to the disability, for school-based tests for four school months
The accommodations request must be submitted by the student’s school, and the school must have an SSD Coordinator form on file with the College Board. See How to Request Accommodations.
There are situations in which a student's accommodation request cannot be processed through the school verification process. In these cases, documentation must be provided to the College Board. Factors include:
- The accommodation requested
- The student's disability
- The student's documentation that is on file with the school
- How long the student has been receiving accommodations in school
See Documentation Requirements for more information.
When a request is through SSD Online, and it can be processed through school verification, SSD Online will indicate at the end of the process that no documentation is needed. If SSD Online indicates that documentation must be submitted for review, or if the Student Eligibility Form indicates that documentation must be provided, the request will be processed through the Document Review Process. See Document Review.
When an official school representative completes the certification at the end of the SSD Online process, or signs the Student Eligibility Form, the representative verifies that the student meets the College Board Documentation Guidelines. If the student's documentation does not meet the Guidelines, the school representative should respond on the request for accommodations that it does not have the requested documentation in its files, and documentation should be provided for the College Board's review. Alternatively, the school should not submit the request for accommodations, and instead may advise the student or parent to request accommodations directly from the College Board.