Section 504 is a part of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 that prohibits discrimination based upon disability. Section 504 is an anti-discrimination, civil rights statute that requires the needs of students with disabilities to be met as adequately as the needs of the non-disabled are met.
Under Section 504, no formalized testing is required. The 504 Committee will look at grades over the past several years, teacher’s reports, information from parents or other agencies, state assessment scores or other school-administered tests, observations, discipline reports, attendance records, health records, and adaptive behavior information. A variety of sources will be reviewed. A 504 plan may be developed to assist those students with disabilities who do not qualify for special education services but who may need accommodations that can be provided to them within the general education program.