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The Secretary adopts, for students with disabilities, the list of ``ability-to-benefit'' tests and passing scores on those tests approved under section 484(d) of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), and 34 CFR Part 668, Subpart J.

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Summary: The Secretary adopts, for students with disabilities, the list of ``ability-to-benefit'' tests and passing scores on those tests approved under section 484(d) of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), and 34 CFR Part 668,
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Part III





Department of Education





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Expanded Approval of ``Ability-to-Benefit'' Tests and Passing Scores;
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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


Expanded Approval of ``Ability-to-Benefit'' Tests and Passing
Scores

AGENCY: Department of Education.

ACTION: Notice of the expanded approval of ``ability-to-benefit'' tests
and passing scores for students with disabilities.

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SUMMARY: The Secretary adopts, for students with disabilities, the list
of ``ability-to-benefit'' tests and passing scores on those tests
approved under section 484(d) of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as
amended (HEA), and 34 CFR Part 668, Subpart J.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lorraine Kennedy, U.S. Department of
Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Regional Office Building 3, Room
3045, Washington, D.C. 20202-5451. Telephone: (202) 708-8242.
Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may
call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339
between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern time, Monday through Friday.
Individuals with disabilities may obtain this document in an
alternate format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer
diskette) on request to the contact person listed in the preceding
paragraph.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On October 25, 1996, the Secretary published
a notice in the Federal Register (61 FR 55542-55543) that provided a
list of eight ``ability-to-benefit'' tests that the Secretary approved
under section 484(d) of the HEA and the regulations that the Secretary
promulgated to implement that section, 34 CFR Part 668, Subpart J. The
notice also included approved passing scores for the approved tests.
In a notice published in the Federal Register of October 27, 1998,
63 FR 57539-57541, the Department added the American College Testing
Service (ACT) test to the list of approved ability-to-benefit tests.
The notice further provided that the nine listed tests were not yet
approved for students with disabilities. As a result, for these
students, an institution could continue to use ability-to-benefit tests
that were approved as of June 30, 1996. However, if a student with
disabilities, nevertheless, took and passed one of those nine tests,
the Secretary would consider that the student had demonstrated the
requisite ability-to-benefit for purposes of section 484(d) of the HEA.
The Secretary is now expanding the approval of those nine tests for
use with students with disabilities provided that those tests are given
in a manner that is consistent with the applicable requirements of
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with
Disabilities Act. This would include offering and administering the
test in a time, place and manner that is accessible, including the
provision of appropriate modifications and auxiliary aids and services.
Examples of appropriate modifications and auxiliary aids and services
include a change in the length of time of examination for individuals
with learning disabilities and Brailled or large print examinations and
answer sheets or qualified readers for individuals with visual
impairments. In addition, because the regulations at 34 CFR Part 668,
Subpart J, contain a special provision for the assessment of students
with disabilities for whom no tests are reasonably available, if none
of the nine approved tests can be given in a manner that is accessible
to a person with disabilities, an institution must utilize the
procedures under 34 CFR 668.149 which allow for testing under this
alternative provision.
As stated in Sec. 668.149, such a test is a modified test or
testing procedure or instrument that has been scientifically developed
specifically for the purpose of evaluating the ability to benefit from
postsecondary training or education of students with a disability. It
measures both basic verbal and quantitative skills at the secondary
school level and reflects the student's skills and general learned
abilities rather than the student's impairment.
As a result of the Secretary's expanded approval of the use of
these tests for students with disabilities, as of the date of this
notice, an institution may use one of the approved nine tests for these
students provided that the test is administered in a manner that
accommodates the students' disabilities. In addition, for sixty days
after the date of this notice, an institution may also use any ability-
to-benefit test that was approved as of June 30, 1996. However, after
that sixtieth day, an institution must no longer use one of the latter
type tests.

Note. Please note that the exception provided in the October 27,
1998 Federal Register notice remains in effect for students whose
native language is not English and who are not fluent in English.
That is, the tests that the Secretary has approved in this notice
and the October 27, 1998 notice are not approved for those students,
and institutions may continue to use ESL ability-to-benefit tests
that were approved as of June 30, 1996 for those students.
Nevertheless, if a student takes and passes one of the tests
approved in this notice or the October 27, 1998 notice, the
Secretary will consider that the student demonstrated the requisite
ability-to-benefit for purposes of section 484(d) of the HEA.

List of Approved ``Ability-to-Benefit'' Tests and Passing Scores

1. American College Testing (ACT): (English and Math) Passing
Scores: The approved passing scores on this test are as follows:
English (14) and Math (15).
Publisher: The test publisher and the address, contact person,
telephone, and fax number of the test publisher are: American College
Testing (ACT), Placement Assessment Programs, 2201 North Dodge Street,
P.O. Box 168, Iowa City, Iowa 52243, Contact: Dr. James Maxey,
Telephone: (319) 337-1100, Fax: (319) 337-1790.
2. ASSET Program: Basic Skills Tests (Reading, Writing, and
Numerical)--Forms B2 and C2.
Passing Scores: The approved passing scores on this test are as
follows: Reading (34), Writing (34), and Numerical (33).
Publisher: The test publisher and the address, contact person,
telephone, and fax number of the test publisher are: American College
Testing (ACT), Placement Assessment Programs, 2201 North Dodge Street,
P.O. Box 168, Iowa City, Iowa 52243, Contact: Dr. John D. Roth,
Telephone: (319) 337-1030, Fax: (319) 337-1790.
3. Career Programs Assessment (CPAT) Basic Skills Subtests Language
Usage, Reading and Numerical)--Forms A, B, and C.
Passing Scores: The approved passing scores on this test are as
follows: Language Usage (43), Reading (44), and Numerical (42).
Publisher: The test publisher and the address, contact person,
telephone, and fax number of the test publisher are: American College
Testing (ACT), Placement Assessment Programs, 2201 North Dodge Street,
P.O. Box 168, Iowa City, Iowa 52243, Contact: Dr. John D. Roth,
Telephone: (319) 337-1030, Fax: (319) 337-1790.
4. COMPASS Subtests: Prealgebra/Numerical Skills Placement, Reading
Placement, and Writing Placement.
Passing Scores: The approved passing scores on this test are as
follows: Prealgebra/Numerical (21), Reading (60), and Writing (31).
Publisher: The test publisher and the address, contact person,
telephone, and fax number of the test publisher are: American College
Testing (ACT), Placement Assessment Programs, 2201 North Dodge Street,
P.O. Box 168, Iowa City, Iowa 52243, Contact: Dr. John D. Roth,
Telephone: (319) 337-1030, Fax: (319) 337-1790.
5. Computerized Placement Tests (CPTs)/Accuplacer (Reading

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Comprehension, Sentence Skills, and Arithmetic).
Passing Scores: The approved passing scores on this test are as
follows: Reading Comprehension (52), Sentence Skills (60), and
Arithmetic (36).
Publisher: The test publisher and the address, contact person,
telephone, and fax number of the test publisher are: The College Board,
45 Columbus Avenue, New York, New York 10023-6992, Contact: Ms. Loretta
M. Church, Telephone: (212) 713-8000, Fax: (212) 713-8063.
6. Descriptive Tests: Descriptive Tests of Language Skills (DTLS)
(Reading Comprehension, Sentence Structure and Conventions of Written
English)--Forms M-K-3KDT and M-K-3LDT; and Descriptive Tests of
Mathematical Skills (DTMS) (Arithmetic)--Forms M-K-3KDT and M-K-3LDT.
Passing Scores: The approved passing scores on this test are as
follows: Reading Comprehension (108), Sentence Structure (9),
Conventions of Written English (309), and Arithmetic (506).
Publisher: The test publisher and the address, contact person,
telephone, and fax number of the test publisher are: The College Board,
45 Columbus Avenue, New York, New York 10023-6992, Contact: Ms. Loretta
M. Church, Telephone: (212) 713-8000, Fax: (212) 713-8063.
7. Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE): (Reading Total, Total
Mathematics, Total Language)--Forms 5 and 6, Level A, Complete Battery
and Survey Versions.
Passing Scores: The approved passing scores on this test are as
follows: Reading Total (768), Total Mathematics (783), Total Language
(714).
Publisher: The test publisher and the address, contact person,
telephone, and fax number of the test publisher are:
CTB/McGraw-Hill 20 Ryan Ranch Road, Monterey, California 93940-
5703; Contact: Ms. Tina Gwaltney, Telephone: (831) 393-7749, Fax: (831)
393-7142.
8. Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE): (Reading, Total
Mathematics, Language)--Forms 7 and 8, Level A, Complete Battery and
Survey Versions.
Passing Scores: The approved passing scores on this test are as
follows: Reading (559), Total Mathematics (562), Language (545).
Publisher: The test publisher and the address, contact person,
telephone, and fax number of the test publisher are:
CTB/McGraw-Hill 20 Ryan Ranch Road, Monterey, California 93940-
5703; Contact: Ms. Tina Gwaltney, Telephone: (831) 393-7749, Fax: (831)
393-7142.
9. Wonderlic Basic Skills Test (WBST)--Verbal Forms VS-1 & VS-2,
Quantitative Forms QS-1 & QS-2.
Passing scores: The approved passing scores on this test are as
follows: Verbal (200) and Quantitative (210).
Publisher: The test publisher and the address, contact person,
telephone, and fax number of the test publisher are: Wonderlic
Personnel Test, Inc., 1509 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville, IL 60048-
1380; Contact: Mr. Victor S. Artese, Telephone: (800) 323-374, Fax:
(847) 680-9492.

Duration of Approval

The Secretary approves each of these tests for five years from the
date of the Secretary's written notice to the test publisher, unless
the Secretary withdraws this approval or the publisher requests that
approval of a test be withdrawn. In either case, the Secretary will
publish a notice in the Federal Register indicating this change. Users
are referred to the test publisher's technical manual for computing
these scores.

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Dated: April 29, 1999.
Greg Woods,
Chief Operating Officer, Office of Student Financial Assistance.
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