ERIC Number: ED298703
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
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Language Assessment of Hispanic Learning Disabled and Speech and Language Handicapped Students: Research in Progress.
Ortiz, Alba A.; Polyzoi, Eleoussa
The paper, originally given at a 1986 Ethnic and Multicultural Symposium, examines implications of research on assessment procedures for limited-English-proficient (LEP) handicapped students. The discussion includes a report on a longitudinal study to identify techniques that effectively distinguish between LEP students who are handicapped and those exhibiting characteristics of second language acquisition. The 3-year study of oral language assessment for Hispanic LEP kindergarten students (N=120); classified as either speech and language handicapped, learning disabled, nonhandicapped underachievers, or nonhandicapped achievers; is exploring the relationship among various measures of English and Spanish oral language proficiency (global, pragmatic, and discrete) to special education placement decisions as well as to student achievement. Expected outcomes include empirically supported recommendations as to the best oral language measure(s) for use in diagnosis of LEP students. The paper reviews the complexities of assessing the language skill of LEP students as well as research issues related to the diagnosis of speech and language handicaps in bilingual children. (DB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Note: In: Schools and the Culturally Diverse Exceptional Student: Promising Practices and Future Directions; see EC 210 633. Paper presented at the Ethnic and Multicultural Symposia (Dallas, TX, 1986).