ERIC Number: ED261524
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Policy Issues Associated with Serving Bilingual Exceptional Children.
Garcia, Shernaz B.; Yates, James R.
The paper cites changes in demography which make critical the need for improved policy and practice in serving bilingual exceptional students. A 1984 study of identification and placement of 111 Hispanic and non-Hispanic students in learning disability programs in an urban school disrict in Texas compared student characteristics, membership of students' referral and placement committees, assesssment practices, and the nature of services recommended. Further analysis included comparisons of special education policy and practice (including findings of a standard approach to assessment for all students), program availability, and personnel (sample was predominantly non-Hispanic). The paper presents recommendations for identification and placement (such as developing explicit policy in "child find," and classifying special education referral as a last resort), for programs (including clear policy describing the primacy of language), and for professional development (such as specific training for bilingual and limited English proficient students). (CL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Research
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