As more Utah high schools are using the ACT, more students with disabilities are being afforded accommodations on this test that is used by many colleges and universities for admissions.
Requesting accommodations for college entrance exams appears to be a national trend, according to Education Week in its On Special Education blog post, More Students Receiving Accommodations During ACT, SAT.
Nationally, as the number of students taking the ACT has increased in the last four years, so has the number of students asking for, and getting, extra time or other accommodations when taking the exam, the testing agency told me.
During the 2010-11 school year, 5 percent of all test takers were provided with some feature that was intended to adapt the test to their needs, ACT spokesman Ed Colby said, compared with 3.5 percent of test takers in the 2007-08 school year.
Utah is fortunate to have many schools footing the bill for administering this test (Although no longer funded, the legislature funded a two year pilot for ACT administration which many high schools will voluntarily continue as a measure of student competency.). As a result, most Utah high school students with disabilities are being afforded accommodations on the ACT. Across the nation, however, some students may not be so lucky (although about 90% of requests for accommodations are granted for the ACT).