Update: Transgender Law Center recently helped Madison, a gender nonconforming student in the Los Angeles area, respond to discrimination by the ACT, the college admissions testing service. Madison was prevented from taking the exam in May because the proctor stated that the pictures on her ACT admissions ticket and on her school ID card were not the same, a policy that contradicted the published exam requirements and that was not enforced against other gender-conforming students. Additionally, Madison had taken the SAT using the same ID at the same school the week before without incident.
The ACT proctor’s decision jeopardized Madison’s ability to meet college application requirements this coming Fall; it also meant that she would have to take the test when she was back at school taking advanced classes. TLC contacted the ACT on Madison’s behalf and secured her a new testing date before classes begin. The ACT also agreed to investigate and determine whether additional proctor training is needed to address issues related to transgender and gender non-conforming students.
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