Criteria for Diagnostic Documentation

To best assess the current impact of an examinee’s disability or functional limitations as they apply to the test taking process, documentation must be written by a qualified professional and must meet all of these guidelines:

  • States the specific impairment as diagnosed
  • Is current (refer to specific diagnosis
  • Describes presenting problems and developmental history, including relevant educational and medical history
  • Describes substantial limitations (adverse effects on learning or other major life activities) resulting from the impairment, as supported by test results
  • Describes how the recommended accommodations address the substantial limitation and alleviate the impact of the disability when taking a timed standardized test
  • Establishes the professional credentials of the evaluator, including information about licensure or certification, education, and area of specialization
  • Includes comprehensive assessments (neuropsychological or psychoeducational evaluations) with evaluation dates used to arrive at the diagnosis