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ERIC Number: ED558163
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jul
Pages: 62
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
Identifying and Supporting English Learner Students with Learning Disabilities: Key Issues in the Literature and State Practice. REL 2015-086
Burr, Elizabeth; Haas, Eric; Ferriere, Karen
Regional Educational Laboratory West
While the literature on learning disabilities and on second-language acquisition is relatively extensive within the field of education, less is known about the specific characteristics and representation of English learner students with learning disabilities. Because there are no definitive resources and processes for identifying and determining best placement for English learner students with learning disabilities, schools, districts, and states struggle with this issue. As a result, English learner students who may or may not have learning disabilities are both over- and underrepresented in special education. This report aims to inform policymakers interested in developing procedures, including the use of guidelines and protocols, for identifying, assessing, and placing English learner students who may or may not have learning disabilities. The report describes (1) the key issues discussed in the research literature and (2) current state procedures for the 20 states with the largest English learner populations. The following are appended: (1) Methods; (2) Research and policy literature reviewed in this report; and (3) State resources related to assessing and supporting English learner students with learning disabilities. An annotated bibliography of references cited in the report and other references related to English learner students who may have learning disabilities is also included.
Regional Educational Laboratory West. Available from: Institute of Education Sciences. 555 New Jersey Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20208. Tel: 800-872-5327; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Regional Educational Laboratory West (ED); WestEd; National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance (ED)
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: ED-IES-12-C-0002