At Emery/Weiner, we are committed to providing support for students with learning differences and for those who may be eligible for additional classroom support. If a student’s performance indicates a need for educational accommodations, Emery/Weiner may be able to offer a variety of accommodations to assist with that student’s educational need.

List of 5 items.

  • How Accommodations are Determined

    Student accommodations are determined in conversation with parents, student, and learning specialist at the Academic Learning Plan (ALP) Meeting.

    For a student to be granted educational accommodations at Emery/Weiner, first he or she must demonstrate an educational need evidenced by:
    • Documentation by professional outside testing that shows and supports the need; and
    • School performance.
    Professional outside testing must be comprehensive and in accordance with College Board guidelines, outlined on their website:
  • Ongoing Monitoring

    If a student has approved testing on file and is eligible for educational accommodations in the classroom, the Learning Support Specialist will, with the help of teacher input, monitor the use of those accommodations. If a student voluntarily and regularly declines the use of the accommodations in the classroom, then he or she will become ineligible for their use. Whether or not a student takes advantage of the classroom accommodations is a large indication of the student’s educational need. Accommodations will be formally reviewed annually or, as needed, semi-annually.
  • Testing Expiration / HISD Services

    Generally, testing for educational accommodations expires after a three-year period. In order to continue to be eligible for accommodations after the expiration date, the student must be tested again. HISD offers testing free of charge.
  • Accommodations Provided

    If a student’s request for learning accommodations is approved by the Learning Support Specialist, he or she may be eligible for one or more of the accommodations listed below. Each accommodation is based on a particular educational need, which must be demonstrated by professional outside testing and school performance.
    • Extended Time: student will be entitled to extra time (time + ½) on timed, graded assessments. Generally, this accommodation will be subject specific, dependent upon the student’s need.
    • Laptop: student will be allowed to use a school laptop for note-taking, in-class written assignments, quizzes, and exams. Using the laptop should facilitate the writing process for the student and help him or her edit and spell-check the work.
    • Note-taking: a copy of class notes will be made available to the student in order to supplement his or her own class notes; the student is still asked to take notes of his or her own. The notes will either be taken by an assigned classmate or from a copy of the teacher’s own notes. Carbonless copy paper is available for in-class note-taking assistance.
    • Preferential Seating: student is entitled to sit in an area of the classroom closest to where the teacher presents class material or in a location where he or she is most likely to stay focused on the material that is being taught.
    • Other: student will be permitted to utilize graph paper for organizing his or her writing; he or she will need to provide his or her own graph paper. Students who present the educational need will be allowed to forego the use of scantron sheets in exchange for writing in their answers alternatively. Students who present the educational need will also be given no penalties for spelling errors.
  • Extended time testing policy – SAT/ACT

    A student with a disability may be eligible to take the College Board test (PSAT, SAT, and AP tests) and ACT program tests with accommodations. To apply for extended time on the PSAT given in October of freshman and junior years, students must begin the application process in the spring of the previous school year. To apply for extended time on the ACT taken in the junior/senior year, students can begin the application process in August of their junior year (ACT test dates for the next school year come available mid-summer).

    To be eligible, the student must meet the following requirements:

    • Have a disability that necessitates testing accommodations;
    • Have current documentation on file at school, obtained from a qualified specialist (the evaluation must be no more than three years old), that includes scaled scores on both cognitive and achievement assessments;
    • Be eligible and regularly using accommodations for classroom tests at school.
    Extended-time tests are ordered according to a test schedule that meets deadlines and operates in a manner similar to that of regular testing. Test dates are available from the College Board website (link: College Board) or the ACT website (link: ACT).

    Both the College Board (link: testing accommodations) and the ACT program (link: services for students with disabilities) have their own specific criteria that must be met to obtain these accommodations. Having been granted extended time or other accommodations at the Emery/Weiner School in no way guarantees that the student will meet the qualifications of these independent agencies. Emery/Weiner offers testing during regular school hours, excluding holidays and midterms and finals weeks. If an application for extended time is denied by the College Board or ACT, any appeal of that decision is the responsibility of the parent/guardian.

Learning Support Team

List of 2 members.

  • Photo of Tamara Sell

    Mrs. Tamara Sell 

    Middle School Learning Support Specialist
    Central Washington University - B.A.
    California State University-San Marcos - M.Ed.
  • Photo of Iris Sherman

    Ms. Iris Sherman 

    Upper School Learning Support Specialist
    University of Houston - B.S.
    Houston Baptist University - M.Ed.