Just like campus hoaxes, this sort of thing hurts the people who are really struggling with these issues.

The Washington Examiner reports:

The new college admissions scam: Fake ‘disability’ diagnoses

It’s safe to say scrutiny of our higher education system has heightened since the well-known celebrity college admissions scandal broke earlier this year. But there’s a new focus for those seeking to end abuse of the system: testing accommodations for those with diagnosed disabilities.

Investigations in the wake of the celebrity scandal revealed that mastermind William Singer leveraged false disability diagnoses to help his wealthy clients game the system. He first instructed families to get their children evaluated by a psychologist to obtain a learning disability diagnosis. Then, Singer used the solitary rooms test administrators grant for these diagnoses to help his clients cheat on the SAT and ACT.

Though Singer’s efforts earned him infamy and criminal charges, these tactics are not uncommon. Many other parents are pulling the same scam in a less obvious (and not-yet-illegal) way.

The prevalence of learning disability diagnoses has risen sharply over the last five years. Currently, 1 in 5 students have diagnosed “learning and attention issues such as dyslexia and ADHD,” according to the National Center for Learning Disabilities. A whopping 39% of students receive some sort of special education for their learning disability.

Here’s the tell: These learning disability diagnoses are disproportionately concentrated in wealthy communities.


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