Inside Higher Ed reports that a California appeals court ruled Californians with learning disabilities may not use state law to have extra time on the MCAT, reversing an earlier decision by California’s lower courts. Instead test-takers with disabilities must rely on the federal Americans with Disabilities Act. The Association of American Medical Colleges vehemently opposed the original ruling by California’s lower courts because the state’s standards differ from federal standards.
The AAMC was chiefly concerned with guaranteeing the validity of the test scores for this crucial medical school admissions test. Robert Burgoyne, the lawyer for the AAMC in the case, said “Our biggest concern was insuring that all MCAT applicants were subject to the same set of rules when it came to asking for accommodations.”