Meridian Community College
910 Highway 19 N,
Meridian, MS 39307

test accomodations

Special Populations
Testing accommodations for students with documented disabilities
Purpose: To ensure provisions of federally mandated testing accommodations for qualified students with disabilities
Sources: The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 United States Code 701-796
The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA),
42 United States Code 12101 et seq.

Disability Resources for Students
The process of determining reasonable accommodation and appropriate testing accommodations for qualified students with disabilities is a collaborative one between the Special Populations Office, the instructor, and qualified student. It is the responsibility of Special Populations Office to determine student eligibility for accommodations, to recommend the reasonable and appropriate accommodations for each class, and to facilitate the approved accommodations in consultation the student. It is the responsibility of the instructor to determine the course standards and to design appropriate methods to measure student knowledge. It is the responsibility of the student to prepare fully for examinations, to inform the instructor that certain individual accommodations will be necessary, and to request the accommodations in a timely manner.

Students must provide required documentation to the Special populations Office clearly supporting the need for testing accommodations. The assigned Special Populations personnel will evaluate the documentation, determine eligibility for testing accommodations and meet with students on an individual basis to discuss reasonable and appropriate options. Testing accommodations may include:

  1. Extended time to test – the purpose of accommodation is equal access, not advantage. In making recommendations for extended testing time, the Special Populations Office will consider both the students’ need for a reasonable time extension and fairness to the other students in the class. For this reason , untimed testing is not considered a reasonable accommodation.
  2. Use of a reader, scribble, adapted equipment, interpreter, or alternative print format
  3. Individual testing