GAO Releases Report on Testing Accommodations and Students With Disabilities

January 13, 2012

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a report on the results of a study on testing accommodations and students with disabilities in the high stakes testing industry. The study was performed at the request of Representatives George Miller, Pete Stark, and Cathy McMorris Rodgers. GAO examined four elements: (1) the types of accommodations individuals apply for and receive, and how schools implement them; (2) factors testing companies consider when making decisions about requests for accommodations; (3) challenges individuals and testing companies experience in receiving and granting accommodations; and (4) how federal agencies enforce compliance with relevant disability laws and regulations. GAO recommended that the Department of Justice take steps to develop a strategic approach to target its enforcement efforts related to testing accommodations.

For more details on the report titled "Higher Education and Disability: Improved Federal Enforcement Needed to Better Protect Students' Rights to Testing Accommodations," visit GAO's website or contact Catherine D. Clarke, ASHA's director of education and regulatory advocacy, via e-mail at or by phone at 800-498-2071, ext. 5611.

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