Learning Disability Transitions Essay

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Transitioning from high school to college is a rough time for anyone. There are tests to pass applications to fill out and scores to send in. An increasingly common graduation requirement is the achievement of passing scores on an exit exam, otherwise known as high stakes testing. Huge decisions have to be made by students graduating high school and they are even rougher for students with Learning disabilities. According to the No Child Left Behind Act, signed in by George W. Bush, schools are required to give these high stakes tests in order to document their academic progress. Also according to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) states must include all students, even those with disabilities, in this testing.…show more content…
Also under this law transition planning is supposed to take place no later than age 16 and even earlier if the students are planning on furthering their education after high school. Students have listed on their IEP’s what modifications they may need in order to succeed to their full potential. Examples of modifications they may get are extra time, and someone to read the exam out loud to the student. High school personnel should assist students in gathering the documentation that future institutions require for admissions. Students may need to submit information on their disability while applying before admission or after admission when the student chooses to request service from individual professors.
When students that have learning disabilities go to college they may be overwhelmed with the lack of structure in their lives. Under the IDEA law students were very organized throughout high school with all the meetings, goals, evaluations, and reevaluations. Each institution has different policies on serving the students that need the modifications. Documentation is usually required that she has a disability, an impairment that substantially limits a major life activity and that support the deed for an academic adjustment. Though past IEP information may be helpful more documentation is needed. Assessment information, a summary of the academic achievements and recommendations on how the postsecondary
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