FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)


This page contains answers to common questions of students and parents.


1. When is documentation of my son's disability needed?
2. What do you do with the documentation?
3. What do you mean when you use the term "current documentation"?
4. How do I go about obtaining a reevaluation?
5. How does my son access extended time for quizzes, tests or exams?
6. Why must students sign up at least a week in advance for exams?
7. Will my son be reminded to sign up for exams?
8. Is extended time provided for all of his achievement tests?
9. How does my son apply for extended time on the ACT?

 



When is documentation of my son's disability needed?


When you register your son, you will complete an Educational Needs form. At that time, if you have any documentation from Special School District, the Archdiocesan Department of Special
Education, neurologists, psychologists, pediatricians, etc.,--please provide it to my office.
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What do you do with the documentation?


I summarize the relevant information:

  • strengths
  • challenges
  • modifications/recommendations

into a Student Profile. Each semester (before the semester begins) your son's teachers will receive a copy of his profile. This information will help your son's teachers provide an environment in which your son should be able to successful.
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What do you mean when you use the term "current documentation"?

Current documentation refers to documentation that is no older than 3 years. If your son's documentation is older than 3 years, it will need to be update, which may require a reevaluation.
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How do I go about obtaining a reevaluation?


You will need to contact my office (ext. 148) as well as an evaluation agency to schedule a reevaluation date. If you are in need of testing resources, I can provide you with some options. Information will need to be collected and shared with the evaluation agency prior to the testing date.

If your son is currently using SNAP services through Special School District, his SNAP resource teacher will take care of scheduling the reevaluation.

If your son was evaluated by SSD but does not attend SNAP, please contact my office. Unless your son is experiencing academic distress (poor grades), SSD will probably not reevaluate your son.

Therefore, we will need to look at private agencies (for example: UMSL, SLU, Washington University, Counseling and Assessment for Behavioral Health, etc.)
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How does my son access extended time for quizzes, tests or exams?


If your son wishes extended time for a test or quiz, he must:

  • speak with his teacher (at least a day in advance) AND
  • sign up on testing form and contact Learning Consultant or Counselor 

If your son is at home and he realizes that he did not sign up with me, he may email me or leave me a voice mail message. I check email and voice mail at the beginning of every day. For faculty information-I post a spreadsheet on our server listing the students testing in Guidance each day.

If your son wishes to access extended time for any or all exams, he must:

  • speak with his teacher (at least a week ahead of the scheduled date) AND
  • sign up on testing form and contact Learning Consultant or Counselor


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Why must students sign up at least a week in advance for exams?

Extended time for exams is a complicated process. All students (freshmen-seniors) are taking exams during the same periods. Teachers must provide exams and specialized instructions in order for me to administer the exams. A location must be secured and a seating chart created.
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Will my son be reminded to sign up for exams?


If your son schedules and attends at least one extended time quiz or test session during the semester, he will receive a written note reminding him to sign up and will be provided with the deadline date. The deadline will also be posted to Vianney's website.
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Is extended time provided for all of his achievement tests?


Vianney provides extended time for the freshman EXPLORE and the sophomore PLAN. Both tests are administered to provide you, your son, and Vianney with academic information and as practice for the ACT.

For example, it might be recommended that your son take 4 years of science based on his science scores.

Vianney does provide extended time for the October PSAT taken sophomore & junior years. In order to access that accommodation, a student and parent must complete a request for extended time. I mail an application to each student's family if the student has current documentation on file with my office. Once the request is completed and returned, I complete the application, compile the necessary documentation and fax it to the College Board. The College Board is the agency that grants or denies the "extended time" request.
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How does my son apply for extended time on the ACT?


Most juniors begin taking the ACT towards the end of the semester that they are taking math. The ACT Corporation requires that all applications for any accommodation be received at least 5 weeks prior to testing.

All applications for extended time must be completed by my office. To apply, a student must go to http://actstudent.com sign up and ask for accommodations. Once you  have completed the application, please email me with his ACT registration information.  I have forms in my office that you need to sign prior to me asking for accommodations. He must sign it and if he is not 18, a parent must sign it. That application needs to be returned to me as soon as possible. 

Once a student has been approved for extended time at a national testing center online registration for subsequent administrations and credit card payments are accepted.

ACT, not Vianney, determines if a student meets ACT's eligibility requirements.
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