How Did the College Board Think They Knew So Much About My Son?
By Lorri Gumanow, NY BAT and member of the BAT Leadership Team
The PSAT is being administered today for no charge to all NYC high
school sophomores. After the College Board denied my son his test
accommodations that have been on his IEP since the 2nd grade, requesting
additional medical and psychological evaluations (even though all his
evaluations are current according to their guidelines), and telling me
that since the College Board is a private corporation they don't have to
follow special education regulations, and saying that their "experts"
don't see a need for his test accommodations based on his school grades
and past standardize -- we are opting out of the PSAT and the SAT!
This leaves me thinking - how did the College Board think they knew so
much about my son? Data -mining! When I spoke to the person from the
College Board, they have all the confidential documents that are in my
son's special education file. They have all the reports from
neurologists, psychiatrists, psychologists -- all of them -- scanned
into the College Board's computers -- and I was never asked permission
for my son's high school to do this. Then their experts decided he
really didn't have a disability that warranted his test accommodations
on their test. And if I disagreed, I needed to pay for further proof.
This same scenario seems to be playing out over and over for students
with mild disabilities across the country. School officials then tell
parents and students that if they can't get all the additional
evaluations in time not to worry, because the PSAT is just a practice
Now we have this press release from the NYC DOE, regarding
results of NYC students on the recent SATs, and how wonderful the
students are doing, after receiving some type of in-school supports/test
It seems to me that the College Board's collaboration
with the DOE is another opportunity for Big Data to get confidential
information about our children without parental permission, especially
students with disabilities.
Who said parents of high school
students can't opt out? Who wants to join me? Remember that many
colleges, according to FairTest, are not requiring SATs anymore because
they do not see them as good predictors of college success. Meanwhile,
look at the rhetoric in this press release about predicting college
success. Is this where the DOE is getting the metrics for college
What do you think?