[blindkid] how would you handle this PSAT issue?

Brandy W branlw at sbcglobal.net
Thu Sep 29 15:44:27 UTC 2011

Is it in his IEP that he will take all standardized tests both practice and 
formal administrations? If not I'd get it there. They do get the tests 
before the students take them so I'd insist that someone take the time to 
get it into the proper format.


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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Sally Thomas" <seacknit at gmail.com>
To: "NFBnet Blind Kid Mailing List,(for parents of blind children)" 
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Sent: Thursday, September 29, 2011 10:30 AM
Subject: [blindkid] how would you handle this PSAT issue?

> Our school district has decided to give the 8-10 grade students a chance 
> to practice taking the PSAT (in 8th grade it is a pre-PSAT) prior to the 
> 11th grade "real" test.  The 8th grade test was new last year when my son 
> was in 8th grade and they told me there wasn't a braille version.  I asked 
> about the PSAT for 9th grade and the assured me that they were getting the 
> accommodations set up and that he would take the test.  I asked again 
> before the school year started and they said that he'd be ready to go. 
> This morning I received an email from the high school counselor telling me 
> that the funding for the test was approved late so they won't be able to 
> get a braille version of the test.  Mind you the test is next week so they 
> must have known this for a while.
> Doesn't the College Board have braille copies of the test on hand?  Can 
> any of you tell me what you think the real reason is for the test not 
> being available?  I already told the counselor that I was very unhappy 
> with this and asked for the contact information of the people who made the 
> decision to give the test to all but the blind kids (probably not the most 
> diplomatic approach).  Of course I have not had a response but I am 
> wondering who would be best to contact on this.  I am trying to fight the 
> urge to contact everyone in authority until I get some feedback from some 
> of you who are informed but a little less emotionally charged about this.
> Thanks for your help.
> Sally Thomas
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