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Extra SAT Test Time Given Those Claiming Learning Disabilities

January 11, 2000

Males make up a disproportionate number of students taking the SAT test who ask for extra time allotted to students with learning disabilities, reports the Los Angeles Times. They are also disproportionately white and wealthy.

  • Males accounted for 61 percent of 47,000 SAT takers who were granted accommodations for those with learning disabilities.
  • Ten percent of the students at 20 prominent New England prep schools got the extra time, while not one of the 1,439 test takers at 10 Los Angeles-area high schools did, says the Times.

Gaston Caperton, president of the College Board, which sponsors the SAT, worries that some of them aren't learning-disabled, but instead "have been smart enough to step around the rules."

Source: Michelle Healy, "Boys Citing Disabilities May Be Skirting SAT Rules," USA Today, January 11, 2000.


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