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Gutsy Tales Off the Rails

About five years ago, a colleague in the National Speakers Association asked me why I do what I do. I gave him the answers most educators would give. He said, "that's not an explanation of why you are so passionate. What is the REAL reason you do what you do?" It took a moment, but I started to get what he was asking. He wanted to know what sparked my passion to serve students and parents in the college process. I confess that I was not sure myself.

Sometimes, you have to dig deep to figure out why you do what you do.

Got a 504? Don'f forget to update testing for college!

A decade ago, colleges accepted test information and 504 plans from high schools to arrange college accommodations. Now, they require that test scores be only 2-3 years old. If your high school student has not been tested in the last two years, you need to 1) check with colleges of interest on their time limit for test scores and 2) get your teen tested again if it has been too long.

It is hard to predict how much support an entering freshman will need in college. Without valid test scores and a copy of the plan that was in place during high school, students may not be able to get extended time on tests and other accommodations in college.

The ABC's of IEP's and College

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.