ERIC Number: EJ757925
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Reference Count: N/A
English Language Learners with Reading-Related LD: Linking Data from Multiple Sources to Make Eligibility Determinations
Wilkinson, Cheryl Y.; Ortiz, Alba A.; Robertson, Phyllis M.; Kushner, Millicent I.
Journal of Learning Disabilities, v39 n2 p129-141 Mar-Apr 2006
Results are reported for an exploratory study of eligibility decisions made for 21 Spanish-speaking English language learners (ELLs) with learning disabilities (LD) and no secondary disabilities who received special education support in reading. Eligibility determinations by an expert panel resulted in decisions that differed significantly from those of school multidisciplinary teams. The panel agreed that some students appeared to have reading related LD (n = 5) but also identified students that they believed had disabilities, but not necessarily reading-related LD (n = 6). Another group of students (n = 10) had learning problems that the panel believed could be attributed to factors other than LD or for whom substantive additional data would be required to validate eligibility. Issues associated with referral, assessment, and eligibility determinations for ELLs are discussed, and recommendations for improving practice are offered, with an emphasis on the importance of linking data from multiple sources when deciding whether ELLs qualify for special education.
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Learning Problems, Learning Disabilities, English (Second Language), Eligibility, Special Education, Spanish Speaking, Referral, Student Evaluation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Reading)
IES Cited: ED558163; ED508343