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Affluence and Accommodations: Wealthier Students are Securing More School-based Accommodations for Disabilities

Posted by Jed Applerouth, PhD on August 13, 2019 in Admissions, Featured, Jed Said

A recent article in the New York Times,Need Extra Time on Tests? It Helps to Have Cash,” highlights the disparities that exist in the rate of students receiving a 504 designation (a formal plan to accommodate disabilities) across 11,000 public US high schools, and, thus, the rate these students receive accommodations on standardized tests. The authors, Dana Goldstein and Jugal K. Patel, reported that students coming from more affluent schools (with a higher median household income) had significantly higher rates of 504 designations than their less affluent peers. 

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