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2017 Reading, Literacy & Learning Virtual Conference

T43 - Keeping Up With the Times: Updated LD Guidelines at ETS and the Changing Legal Landscape

Nov 9, 2017 4:30pm ‐ Nov 9, 2017 6:00pm

Standard: $20.00


During the past three years, the legal landscape focusing on accommodations on high-stakes tests has changed. The Department of Justice (DOJ) has published guidance specifically targeted to testing agencies that have had a significant impact on how these entities review documentation. As a result, ETS has made substantial changes to our documentation guidelines and procedures. In this presentation, ETS representatives discuss the newly published Guidelines for Documenting Learning Disabilities (4th ed.), the expanded use of the Certification of Eligibility, and the importance of personal statements for test takers.

Learning Outcomes:

  • ACCOMMODATIONS: Identify the critical elements in a disability document that will support the accommodation requests for students with learning disabilities.
  • ADVOCACY AND LEGISLATION: Understand the laws and interpretations under various legislative motions and learn ways to implement advocacy efforts locally or at the state level.

Disclosure: Nora Pollard and Morgan Murray have no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.


  • Morgan Murray, M.S.Ed., Disability Policy Coordinator, Educational Testing Service
  • Nora Pollard, Ph.D., Senior Disability Policy Coordinator, Educational Testing Service (ETS)

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