Date of Award

2008

Degree Type

Report

Degree Name

Educational Specialist (EdS)

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Gretchen Peacock

Abstract

Possible misrepresentation of English Language Learners (ELLs) in special education is a concern for many school districts across the U.S. This paper discusses language and cultural factors that affect assessment and classification of ELL students, focusing on classifications of Learning Disability (LD) and Mental Retardation (MR). Empirical studies and review articles regarding representation of ELLs in special education are summarized. Methods of avoiding inappropriate placement are presented, and implications for school psychologists are discussed.

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Psychology Commons

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