ERIC Number: ED286303
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr-23
Reference Count: N/A
Guide to Assessing Children for Whom English Is a Second Language.
The paper suggests informal and formal procedures for evaluating students whose primary language is not English. The importance of detailing the student's educational history and of understanding the community setting is noted. The native language should be used to gather this and other informal data, and translators should be trained in cultural nuances and sensitized to cultural taboos. In formal assessment, informed consent should first be obtained, and issues such as deciding when to use the native language and whether to use test norms should be analyzed. Cautions are listed against over-identifying children from limited English speaking groups as handicapped, and recommendations are made of safeguards, such as keeping statistical records on ethnic and linguistic groups in special education placements. An appendix lists questions for informal assessment; these address such topics as language, culture, environment, and previous interventions. (CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Council for Exceptional Children (65th, Chicago, IL, April 20-24, 1987).