Some of my students have diagnosed conditions that affect their learning. Fortunately for them, their parents and schools were proactive in having them evaluated and in designing an IEP or Individual Educational Plan to enhance their achievement in k-12. In prior years, that IEP could travel with the student into college which was essential to getting continued support from the college for optimum academic performance. Colleges routinely provided the same support as the high school which included support such as arranging extra time for students to complete tests.
Recently, students began running into a roadblock to getting continued help when they entered college. The roadblock is that some colleges are telling families that the assessment testing that is the basis for their IEP is too old and that without a recent assessment they don't have to help the student. Unfortunately, the timing of this discovery is after high school graduation and the high school will not do an additional assessment because the student is no longer enrolled. The option left to the family is to get a private assessment. The private assessment can be very expensive.
Parents of students with an IEP should consider requesting a new evaluation at the end of the junior year or beginning of the senior year so that they have a recent evaluation to provide colleges. If the high school will not provide a new evaluation, parents should consider talking to local private providers to see if a group rate is possible.