Strategies to Identify and Support English Learners With Learning Disabilities: Review of Research and Protocols in 20 States

Produced by Regional Educational Laboratory West at WestEd


No single method has proven effective in differentiating between English learner students who have difficulty acquiring language skills and those who have learning disabilities. As a result, schools, districts, and states struggle with this issue. Misidentified English learner students can be placed in classrooms and/or programs mismatched to their needs, which can endanger their academic achievement.

This REL West resource brief is designed to help educators identify English learner students with learning disabilities and determine the best academic placement and services for them. The brief:

  • Provides four key questions to ask that will help identify students with disabilities and suggest appropriate services
  • Identifies key sources of data to inform decisionmaking
  • Hyperlinks five comprehensive state manuals designed to aid educators with this issue
  • Lists five key interventions, from professional development for educators to involving parents
  • Offers five guiding principles based on strategies and protocols used by the 20 states with the largest populations of English learners

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Copyright: 2016
Format: PDF
Pages: 4
Publisher: WestEd

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