Does a child need to fail a class or state mandated test to be eligible for Section 504?
No. Low class grades and state test scores may indicate a substantial limitation in the area of learning, but Section 504 covers other major life activities as well. For instance, if a child has a hearing impairment, the Section 504 committee would focus on how the child's hearing is compared to other children of the same age or grade. However, if a learning disability is suspected, the Section 504 committee would focus on how the child's learning is affected. Grades and state test scores are an important reflection of learning, but are still not the only factor considered.