Guidelines for Documentation

Learning Disability Documentation

Documentation must include a diagnosis of LD made by a licensed/certified professional qualified to make such a diagnosis (e.g. school or clinical psychology, LD specialist). A school plan such as an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or a 504 Plan alone is typically insufficient documentation but may be part of a more comprehensive assessment.

Comprehensive Assessment Battery and the Resulting Diagnostic Report:

  • Evaluator Information: Name, title, contact information, license/certification and signature. 
  • Evaluation Date/s: Dates of testing completed within the previous three years; tests results older than three years old will be reviewed by the Coordinator with the student to determine if additional information may be necessary.  
  • Diagnostic Interview: A summary of the student's academic history and learning processes.
  • Assessment Battery: A comprehensive battery should include:
    • Aptitude/Cognitive Testing
    • Academic Achievement Testing
    • Information Processing Testing
  • Clinical Summary: How evaluator has ruled out alternative explanations for academic problems, how assessment score patterns reflect presence of LD, how LD constitutes a substantial limitation to learning or other major life activity, degree to which learning is impacted by the LD, and rationale for specific accommodations being recommended.