Differences between High School and College - Disabled Students Programs and Services

Differences of Level Services between High School and College
High School Level Special Education Services College Level Disability Support Services
The school district is responsible for evaluation and documenting the disability. Students are responsible for providing current documentation of their disability, including educational limitations, to the college.
An IEP meeting is held to determine placement and appropriate services. DSPS professionals, working with registered DSPS students, will determine which services are appropriate.
Once a disability is documented, services are incorporated into the student’s daily schedule. Once documentation has been provided and appropriate accommodations have been identified, students must request accommodation(s) prior to each term.
Goals and objectives are determined for each student receiving services. Students set their own academic goals with advice from their counselor.
Specific classes or placements must be available for students. Colleges are not required to provide special classes or programs, but are required to provide appropriate accommodations based on documentation of disability.
Parents are notified and must give permission for any decisions regarding their son or daughter. Parents are not notified of services their son or daughter requests. All college students, including those with disabilities, are treated as independent adults.
Teachers, administrators, and parents advocate for students. Students are expected to advocate for themselves.
Re-evaluation of students is conducted by the school on a regular basis (generally every three years). Re-evaluation of a disability is generally not required, unless significant changes in disability impacts educational limitations.
Differences of Tests between High School and College
Tests in High School Tests in College
Testing may be frequent with small amounts of information covered at one time. Testing may be infrequent covering larger amounts of information at one time (cumulative).
Make-up tests may be available if you are absent. Professors seldom allow make-up exams; if they do allow them, you will need to request them.
Teachers may rearrange test dates to avoid conflicts with school events. Professors schedule tests without regard for demands of other courses or campus events.
Accommodations for tests are arranged by your teachers. You need to request approved testing accommodations each term from DSPS and communicate with your professor about arranging your exams.
Differences of Classes between High School and College
High School Classes College Classes
Most of your work is done in class with some homework to be completed outside of class. Most of your studying is done outside of class. Plan for at least 2-3 hours of studying time outside of class for each hour in class.
Your textbooks are provided for free. You need to purchase textbooks. They must be bought promptly before the bookstore returns the un-purchased books. You will need to budget for textbooks as they cost more than $300 per term.
You are expected to read assignments that are then discussed and re-explained in class to increase understanding and knowledge of concepts or material. You may be assigned a large amount of reading which may not be addressed in class. You may, however, be expected to know this information for an exam or demonstrate your understanding of the reading in an assigned task.
Differences of Teachers/Professors between High School and College
High School Teachers College Professors
Teachers may approach you if they think you need assistance. Professors are usually helpful, but most will expect you to initiate contact with them if you need help.
Teachers often check your completed homework or coursework. Professors may not check homework, but will assume you know the information and can perform the same tasks on tests.
Teachers usually provide you with information you missed when you were absent. Professors aren’t responsible to give you missed information when you are absent. They will expect that you get missed notes from your classmates.
Teachers may be available at lunch before or after school if you need to talk to them. Professors will expect you to attend their office hours if you need individual assistance. They may also offer other ways to communicate such as e-mail or by phone.
Teachers may write important information on the board for you to copy into your own notes. Professors may only lecture and expect you to identify what needs to be included in your notes.
Teachers may frequently remind you of important dates for tests and deadlines for assignments or projects. Professors expect you to be responsible for turning in assignments on-time and being prepared for class and exams by using their course outline (syllabus).