ERIC Number: ED478927
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Sep
Conducting Child Assessments. Technical Report.
This report discusses assessment procedures for young children who are culturally and linguistically diverse and describes three practices that the authors feel should be added to the currently recommended DEC practices. In the first place, professionals should gather information prior to assessment to determine whether a child should be referred for assessment for special education or whether a child's patterns of development and behavior can be explained by language or cultural differences. Second, appropriate procedures should be followed to determine which language should be used in assessing the child and to understand the impact of second language acquisition on the child's development and performance in the early childhood setting. Third, appropriate assessment strategies should be tailored to the individual child and family when culturally appropriate and nonbiased instruments cannot be identified. Formal testing when required should be done by a professional who is knowledgeable about the child's cultural group and preferably by one who speaks the same language or dialect that is the child's primary language. The assistance of an interpreter, translator or a cultural guide should be sought if professionals do not speak the child's first language. Tests should be examined for cultural bias and modified by a person from the cultural group; modified tests may be used as a descriptive measure, to supplement direct observation. The report includes extensive references, an annotated bibliography, and a list of available resources from the CLAS Web site. (Author/SG)
Descriptors: At Risk Persons, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Influences, Disabilities, Disability Identification, Diversity (Student), Early Childhood Education, Early Identification, Early Intervention, Educational Diagnosis, Language Role, Minority Groups, Student Evaluation
CLAS Early Childhood Research Institute, 61 Children's Research Center, 51 Gerty Dr., Champaign, IL 61820 ($7.50). Tel: 800-583-4135 (Toll Free). For full text: http://clas.uiuc.edu/publications.html.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Early Childhood Research Inst. on Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services.