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What’s Different in the Special Education Assessment Process for English Learners?

What’s Different in the Special Education Assessment Process for English Learners?
Claudia Rinaldi, Ph.D., Lasell University, and Maria B. Serpa, Ed.D., Lesley University
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As the number of English learners and bilingual/multilingual students continues to rise in the US, teachers and administrators are in critical need of appropriate and effective processes for assessing the eligibility of students with disabilities who are also English language learners. In this webinar, you’ll learn the latest updates on assessing English speakers in four areas: linguistic, cultural, legal & research. A process for distinguishing between second language indicators and learning disabilities is presented that embeds MTSS practices within the process of the eligibility decision-making process. Specific guidance will be presented on development of IEP goals that address English language development and academic needs for English learners.

After this webinar, you will be able to:

  1. Understand the language learning laws and how these relate to IDEA.
  2. Understand what procedures should be followed in the special education evaluation process for English learners.
  3. Distinguish between discriminatory and non-discriminatory assessment practices.
  4. Develop IEPs goals that addresses English learning for students with disabilities.

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