College Board School Reviews
College Board review of schools' verification process
Periodically, the College Board reviews a school's process for verifying its students to receive accommodations on College Board tests (for example, SAT®; AP®; PSAT/NMSQT®). When a school submits a request for accommodations for a student, unless othewise noted, it verifies that its students' disability documentation aligns with the College Board's Eligibility and Guidelines for Documentation. That is, the disability documentation meets all of the Guidelines and substantiates the accommodations requested on College Board tests.
How are schools identified for review?
The College Board looks at various indicators. An example: With a school that is not a special purpose institution for students with disabilities but has a very high proportion of nonstandard test–takers among College Board test-takers, the College Board may ask to review the disability documentation from the school's students who took recent College Board tests with accommodations.
Another example: A school with a high incidence of certain accommodations most appropriate for students with severe or multiple disabilities or a high incidence of accommodations for a particular disability; the College Board may ask to review the disability documentation from the school's students who took recent College Board tests with accommodations.
What happens when a school's verification process is reviewed and found not to be fully aligned with College Board Guidelines?
The College Board will notify the school that it will work with it (such as providing technical assistance) by reviewing each student's disability documentation that supports requested accommodations on College Board tests.
Also, College Board SSD staff may work with school personnel to explain the Board's eligibility criteria and documentation guidelines. After a period, the Board may determine that the school's process is more aligned with the Guidelines and end its review of each student's supporting documentation/return to the school verification process, or it may determine to continue its technical assistance.