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ACT won't tag tests taken by disabled

Following the lead of the College Board, ACT announced on Friday that, as of fall 2003, it will stop flagging the test scores of disabled students who have taken the test with extended time.

About 1.8-million students take the ACT test each year, some 30,000 of whom are granted extended time to compensate for documented disabilities, like dyslexia, a reading disability.

The College Board, which owns the SAT, the leading college-entrance exam, announced on July 15 that, to settle a lawsuit by advocates for the disabled, it will stop flagging disabled students' scores.

ACT, based in Iowa, is the dominant test in 27 states, and is particularly popular in the Midwest, said its CEO, Richard L. Ferguson.

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