According to Rule 6A-4.0021(6)(a)(b), FAC, a person with a disability means any person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, has a record of such an impairment, or is regarded as having such an impairment as defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 35,104(1)(2)(3)(4). Examinees requesting alternative testing arrangements must be certified by a licensed psychologist or physician as having a disability that substantially limits one or more major life activities. Any documentation presented must describe the examinee's disability.
Alternative testing arrangements, such as extra time, may be made for examinees who have visual impairments, hearing impairments, physical disabilities, or specific learning disabilities. Reasonable accommodations will be provided where possible.
Some alternative testing arrangements may be accommodated at selected sites only. You will be notified about test site availability when you are contacted to schedule an appointment.
If your test(s) or evaluation(s) were administered prior to the past 3 years, a full battery of testing may not be required. Instead, you may wish to consult with a qualified professional to determine which diagnostic test(s) related to your disability would indicate the current functional impact of your disability.
Plan to register and submit the Alternative Testing Arrangements Form along with any required documentation as early as possible. You should allow sufficient time for the review and processing of your request. You cannot schedule your test appointment until your request has been resolved.
A general timeframe for each step in the process is provided below:
Note: Your request form and supporting documentation may be shared with the DOE in order to process your request.
You may appeal the denial of some or all of your requests for alternative testing arrangements. Before you submit your appeal, please review "How do I make a request?" above for required documentation. If after reviewing the information in this section you still wish to appeal the decision, you may do so by submitting your appeal, in writing, to:
Alternative Testing Arrangements
FTCE/FELE Customer Service
P.O. Box 660
Amherst, MA 01004-9018
Telephone: (866) 613-3281 (toll free) or (413) 256-2893
Fax: (413) 256-7075
The appeal should include the following information:
Your appeal should be submitted within 30 days after you receive notification of the denial of your requested accommodation(s). Appeals must be resolved before an appointment can be scheduled. After your appeal is reviewed, you will be notified as to whether your appeal has been granted or denied. All appeal determinations are subject to the approval of the Florida Department of Education, and all appeal determinations are final.