Friday 9 December 2016

Exam support reform could spare students stress

Published 28/06/2016 | 02:30

There has been an ongoing rise in the number of students qualifying for a support under the scheme, known as Race (reasonable accommodations in certificate examinations). Stock Image
There has been an ongoing rise in the number of students qualifying for a support under the scheme, known as Race (reasonable accommodations in certificate examinations). Stock Image

The mother of a student with dyslexia says her daughter's psychological assessment qualifies her for entry to college through the special Dare scheme for applicants with a disability, but it didn't get her the support she needed in the Leaving Cert in recent weeks.

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A place in college doesn't arise for the student this year because she didn't apply, telling her mother: "I cannot worry about any more this year", the mother told the Irish Independent.

Her daughter had been refused supports known as reasonable accommodations - in her case, a grammar and spelling waiver and a reader - to allow her overcome her disadvantage while sitting the exams. She was diagnosed as dyslexic in 2009 and received these supports for the Junior Cert.

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