Dr Scott B. McCabe

Too often parents believe that once their child is assessed and has accommodations at school that this will not need to be updated.  This is not the case.  When a student reached post-secondary, they will need an updated psychoeducational assessment.  This means that even if your child was on an IEP in high school, without the updated report, the school is under no obligation to provide accommodations.

An assessment should be done when your child is in their last year of high school in order to maintain the validity of the testing.  Some post-secondary institutions will provide a ‘grace’ period while the student is being re-tested.

Kudos to the high school guidance counsellors that are pro-active with their caseload and advise their students/parents of the importance of staying ahead of the need for an updated assessment.  It certainly helps the student with the transition to post-secondary learning if they don’t have to stress about the accommodations that were in place that help them be successful learners.

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