A lawsuit argued the LSAT discriminates against the blind. Now it’s changing for everyone
Angelo Binno said he felt called to be a lawyer since he was in middle school. Chasing that dream, he took the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) nine years ago. But, being blind, he was tripped up by the analytical reasoning, or "logic games" section, which often requires test-takers to draw out diagrams in order to discern the answers to the questions."I knew I was walking in to fail," Binno, 37, told CNN on Thursday. "Your hopes and dreams of going to law school are based on drawing a picture."After eight years and multiple court battles, the Law School Admission Council (LSAC), which administers the LSAT, has announced a settlement on Monday with him and a fellow plaintiff.Logic games are going away for everyone.
He wanted to change the test
The LSAT is the primary standardized test used for law school admissions in the US, Canada, and a number of other countries.LSAC administered about 130,000 tests in the US and Canada during the 2017-18 testing cycle.Besides the logic games section, the LSAT also includes other sections for logical reasoning, reading comprehension, and a writing sample.Existing accommodations for blind test takers included the use of screen-reading software, braille exam forms, and the use of a braille writer or braille graphics and figures.Binno's attorney, Jason Turkish, told CNN those are great accommodations for the other test sections, but they don't make passing the logic games section any more possible."You can give him all the time in the world, he still can't draw a diagram," Turkish said.
The settlement will help prospective lawyers nationwide
The admissions council says it's going to get rid of the current logic games section, and test analytical reasoning in other ways.The organization will research how to improve accessibility for all test takers and release a new version of the test within four years, according to the terms of the settlement."Diversity and equal opportunity are vital in legal education and the legal profession," Kellye Testy, the CEO of LSAC, said in a statement. She added that "LSAC is committed to ensuring that disabled individuals can take our exam in an accessible place and manner, that the LSAT is fair for all test takers, and that we support everyone interested in pursuing law scRead More – Source