I have blogged previously about how essential it is for parents to ensure that any informal accommodations received by their child, particularly those related to testing, are documented in the child’s IEP or 504 Plan. Memorializing these accommodations will hopefully preserve them later for such high stakes testing as college entrance exams. What accommodations children receive for such high stakes testing as the ACT or SAT are determined not by the child’s public school, whose IEP or 504 teams work to develop testing accommodations, but by the private testing services who develop the college entrance examinations. Just because a student receives extended time on a school exam, is provided with a scribe, or has the test read to him or her is no guarantee that he or she will receive these same accommodations on these high stakes tests. When parents call in dismay after their children have been denied these accommodations, I have to tell them that my hands are tied. I can rarely provide them with any real after-the-fact assistance.