ERIC Number: EJ1032790
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 65
State Policy and Guidance for Identifying Learning Disabilities in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students
Scott, Amy N.; Boynton Hauerwas, Laura; Brown, Rachel D.
Learning Disability Quarterly, v37 n3 p172-185 Aug 2014
This study investigates how state Departments of Education address the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) students as they relate to the identification of students with a specific learning disability (SLD). A qualitative research design of directed content analysis was used to examine each state's regulatory criteria for SLD, as well as state guidance documents on SLD, response to intervention, referral processes, and English Language Learners. States varied regarding the degree to which they provided legislation and/or guidance for practices of identifying SLD in CLD students. Findings were organized around four promising practices: (1) assessment, (2) personnel, (3) instruction and intervention, and (4) systemic integration of general education, special education, and English as a Second Language. Implications for policy, practice, and future research are discussed.
Descriptors: State Departments of Education, State Policy, Learning Disabilities, Disability Identification, Student Diversity, Cultural Differences, Qualitative Research, Content Analysis, Response to Intervention, Referral, English Language Learners, State Legislation, Guidance, Evaluation Methods, Teaching Methods, Intervention, Regular and Special Education Relationship, Interdisciplinary Approach, School Personnel
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Elementary Education; Secondary Education
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IES Cited: ED558163