ERIC Number: ED349819
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Aug
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Assessing Appropriate and Inappropriate Referral Systems for LEP Special Education Students.
Ortiz, Alba A.
Lack of educational progress of Hispanics and other language minority students has very important implications for special education as these students are very likely to be referred for special services. Language minority students are overrepresented in programs for the learning disabled, and, with the exception of Asian students, are underrepresented in programs for the gifted and talented. With projections that one of every three Americans in this country will be a minority by the year 2,000, greater attention must be given to assuring that multicultural populations succeed in mainstream education and that procedures used to assess functioning levels and to recommend services reflect that those involved in the decision-making process understand how language and culture influence performance. Prereferral intervention attempts to deal with learning and behavior problems that might otherwise be inaccurately identified as disabilities. The anticipated outcomes of the implementation of prereferral strategies include: a reduction in the number of students perceived to be "at risk" by regular classroom teachers because of teacher's increased abilities to handle naturally occurring diversity of skills and characteristics of students in their classes; reduction of the number of students referred to special education; reduction of the number of students inappropriately labeled as handicapped; and improved student outcomes. Responses to the paper by Ann C. Willig and Sherry R. Migdal are appended. (VWL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Prereferral Intervention
Note: In: Focus on Evaluation and Measurement. Volumes 1 and 2. Proceedings of the National Research Symposium on Limited English Proficient Student Issues (2nd, Washington, DC, September 4-6, 1991); see FL 020 630.