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Esl & sped - help!
Old 11-06-2018, 09:02 AM
 
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In my district, it is very hard to get an ESL student qualified for special education services. I have only recommended a student be tested/looked at a handful of times in 15 years. Our powers that be have made it nearly impossible - always saying it's a language/cultural issue.

I currently use a form that gives background information including schooling and siblings, length in us, and any interruptions in education.

SO, how does your school handle ESL for sped services? Any helpful forms you share with the classroom teachers for documentation, etc... I can use anything.

THANKS!


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If they are referred and get tested, we test with nonverbal cognitive tests and get an interpreter for verbal portions.
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I have a problem even getting them to the testing stage! Looking for ideas on what other documentation I can use!

Again, thanks!
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As a psych, I look for a few things:

1) What is/was their attendance like?
2) How long have they been exposed to English?

3) Can the student read, write, and speak at an age appropriate level in the native language? (An adult who speaks the language can also give you a sense of where that child is in the native language.)
4) What has been the duration and frequency of EL interventions?


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I have experienced the opposite problem. Last year 34% of my resource students were EL but they were less than 20% of our student population.


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We try to compare them to kids with similar language backgrounds. For example, if the child is in 2nd grade, comes from a monolingual Spanish speaking home, and has been at our school since K, we see how their data stacks up against other 2nd graders from monolingual Spanish speaking homes who have attended our school since K. We have a lot of Spanish speakers. It's more challenging if the home language isn't Spanish.
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