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Old 03-13-2010, 12:08 PM
 
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Hi all,
How do you all determine that an ELL that is Limited English Proficient, has a learning disability? What criteria do you use?

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Test in home language
Old 03-13-2010, 01:18 PM
 
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We are a very small district and don't have this ability to do this in house so we pay the going contractual rate for someone in the next door large city to do it.


Speak to the parents-
Can the child read fluently in their home language? Do they seem delayed in other areas? Is there anyone who at least speaks the same language that could, with your guidance, do some sort of screening?
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Old 03-13-2010, 06:17 PM
 
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This is a really difficult area that I have a hard time with also. We used a number of measures, including the progress the student is making in English over a number of years, given ELD classes as an intervention. If the student is still not making ANY progress after at least 2 years then a meeting should be held to determine why. We call it our child study meeting, we invite parents, grade level teachers, review the CUM file, etc. Sometimes it is something like the student needs glasses and can't see, or the student is absent a lot because they help out at home. Sometimes it truly is a learning disability. A lot can be learned when you come together as a team to discuss a child. Testing should measure non-verbal IQ as well as verbal, sometimes it can be given in the home language also. We put more weight on the non-verbal IQ testing due to the LEP status. We also need to make sure that modifications have been made for the students-not just that the student is continuing to struggle with content because he/she is LEP. Classroom teachers who don't understand second language acquisition tend to think that if a student has been here in school for 2 or three years and still struggles with reading they have a disability. I will tell you the students that I have qualified for SPED and are LEP truly are not proficient in either language-home language nor English. This could be a red flag to check on if you can.
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Teachers along with the ELL teacher fill out a child study referral. At the first meeting, the parents, a translator, if necessary, teachers and an administrator discuss what has been done/being done to help the child. Like the previous poster said, parents can fill in some blanks. If most avenues have been exhausted then the child is given a dual language assessment by our district assessor to find out which language is dominant or if neither is dominant. Then, another meeting takes place to discuss findings. At that time we may refer a child for testing with an educational psychologist and school psychologist. Then, we meet again to look at results. Of course, the parents have to give permission for testing. Then, based on results we try to decide the best course for the child, Special Ed., other interventions? etc.
I know the Dual Language assessor uses the Peabody kit for testing.
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