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10 Facts Concerning ELLWD

There about 350,000 ELL students (K-12) that have disabilities. (Abedi, n.d., p4)Many researchers question the validity of many classifications.(Abedi, n.d., p4)

ReferencesAbedi, J. (n.d.). English language learners with disabilities: Classification assessment, and accommodation issues. National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing. Online source.Collier, C. (2012). Special education for indigenous students. NABE Perspectives, 34(4), 9-10.Rivera, C. J., Hicks, S. C., & Cuero, K. K. (2012). Using culturally responsive shared stories to increase literacy skills for students who are emerging bilingual with disabilities. NABE Perspectives, 34(4), 5-8.

Level of proficiency in English has not been a major determinate of classification. (Abedi, n.d., p4)Misclassifications go both ways; student can be labeled LD when they are not and vice versa.(Abedi, n.d., p5)

The reliability coefficient of formal assessments is lower for ELL and ELLWD than non-ELL & -SWD. (Abedi, n.d., p16)A combination of accommodations is needed for ELLWD students. (Abedi, n.d., p24)

Lower proficiency in native language equates to higher chance of being classified as LD. (Abedi, n.d., p5)Many ELL's have been classified LD instead of language and speech impairment. (Abedi, n.d., p5)

Providing primary language support can facilitate learning. (Collier, 2012, p7)SWD are not held back when placed in 2-way immersion programs. (Rivera, 2012, p10)

Educators need much information before making referrals to special education for ELL students.

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