High School Records

Many of the policies and procedures for serving students with disabilities change dramatically from high school to college. You may, or may not, be eligible for the same or similar accommodations that you had in high school. However, high school records can be very helpful in figuring out strategies that are more likely to work for you.

Remember, you are entering a different educational system when you transition from high school to postsecondary education. Many of the requirements, policies, procedures, and accommodations will be different. Take a moment to review the information regarding transitioning on the Department of Education's website. We will work with you to make your transition as smooth as possible.

Applicable Laws

High School College
l.D.E.A. (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) A.D.A. (Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990)
Section 504, Rehabilitation Act of 1973 Section 504, Rehabilitation Act of 1973
I.D.E.A. is about SUCCESS A.D.A. is about ACCESS

Required Documentation

High School College
I.E.P. (Individualized Education Plan and/or 504 Plan) High School I.E.P. and 504 are not sufficient. Documentation guidelines specify information needed for each category of disability
School provides evaluation at no cost to student Student must get evaluation at own expense
Documentation focuses on determining whether student is eligible for services based on specific disability categories in l.D.E.A. Documentation must provide information on specific functional limitations, and demonstrate the need for specific accommodations


High School College
Student is identified by the school and is supported by parents and teachers Student must self-identify to the Office of Disability Services
Primary responsibility for arranging accommodations belongs to the school Primary responsibility for self-advocacy and arranging accommodations belongs to the student
Teachers approach you if they believe you need assistance Professors are usually open and helpful, but most expect you to initiate contact if you need assistance

Parental Role

High School College
Parent has access to student records and can participate in the accommodation process Parent does not have access to student records without student's written consent
Parent advocates for student Student advocates for self


High School College
Teachers may modify curriculum and/or alter pace of assignments Professors are not required to modify curriculum design or alter assignment deadlines
You are expected to read short assignments that are then discussed, and often re-taught, in class You are assigned substantial amounts of reading and writing which may not be directly addressed in class
You seldom need to read anything more than once, and sometimes listening in class is enough You need to review class notes and text material regularly

Grades and Tests

High School College
I.E.P. or 504 plan may include modifications to test format and/or grading Grading and test format changes (i.e. multiple choice vs. essay) are generally not available. Accommodations to HOW tests are given (extended time, test proctors) are available when supported by disability  documentation
Testing is frequent and covers small amounts of material Testing is usually infrequent and may be cumulative, covering large amounts of material
Makeup tests are often available Makeup tests are seldom an option; if they are, you need to request them
Teachers often take time to remind you of assignments and due dates Professors expect you to read, save, and consult the course syllabus (outline); the syllabus spell out exactly what is expected of you, when it is due, and how you will be graded

Study Responsibilities

High School College
Tutoring and study support may be a service provided as part of an I.E.P. or 504 plan Tutoring DOES NOT fall under Disability Services. Students with disabilities  must seek out tutoring resources as they are available to all students.
Your time and assignments are structured by others You manage your own time and complete assignments independently
You may study outside of class as little as 0 to 2 hours a week, and this may be mostly last-minute test preparation You need to study at least 2 to 3 hours outside of class for each hour in class