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1 English Learners and Special Education, An Intersect of Challenges November, 2013 Presented by Magdalena Ruz Gonzalez, Project Director III Division of Curriculum and Instructional Services, Multilingual Support Unit p. 1

2 SESSION OUTCOMES To understand the how culturally and linguistically appropriate RtI2 can improve outcomes for ELs To understand the linguistic and cultural bias inherent in standardized assessments To learn legislation and litigation that protects ELs in Special Education settings To identify appropriate instruction for IEPs of ELs.

3 DATA The drop out rate is 15-20% higher for ELs than another subgroup. This lack of academic success is also the cause for referrals to special education. Is your district overrepresented with ELs placed in special education? English Learners with Special Education Needs, Alfredo Artilles and Alba Ortiz (2002) CAL

4 Legislation Governing ELs Civil Rights Act (1964) (1970)- Requirement: avoid labeling students mentally retarded based on criteria that reflects their English proficiency. IDEA (1975) (1997)- Requirement: ELs are not eligible for services if their learning problems are primarily the result of environmental, cultural or economic disadvantage.

5 Legislation Governing ELs IDEA (1975) (1997) Evaluation and placement procedure must be conducted in the native language, unless it is CLEARLY not feasible to do so. (EC 56320, EC 56001) Assessment results must be considered by individuals knowledgeable about the child, assessment, and placement alternatives. The multidisciplinary team must consider the language needs of ELs when developing, reviewing or revising the IEP.

6 Litigation Castañeda v Pickard (1981) Provide a program to overcome Language Barriers as quickly as possible and provide access to same core curriculum and remedy any deficits incurred while learning English. Diana vs. CA State Bd. Of Ed (1970) One cannot identify a child as mentally retarded based on IQ tests administered in English. The child must be assessed in their first language. Larry P. vs. Riles (1979) One cannot use IQ tests that do not take into account the culture and experiences of children. Thus, test must be valid for use with the specific populations.

7 RESEARCH FINDINGS ELs are typically overrepresented or underrepresented in Special Education across the country. ELs in special education with learning disabilities demonstrate lower verbal and full scale IQ scores AFTER placement in Special Education. ELs are not receiving the type of instruction they need in regular education settings. ELs are not receiving the type of instruction they need in special education settings.

8 Overrepresentation or Underrepresentation? Cross Student Group Comparison- # of all ELs placed in special education divided by the total # of ALL ELs in the LEA 197 placed = 19.7% 1,000 Total ELs in LEA # of non-ELs in special education 2,200 placed= 11% 20,000 total Non-ELs in LEA 19.7-11=Thus, ELs are overrepresented by 8.7%

9 Overrepresentation or Underrepresentation? Within Group Comparison- % of total ELs compared with % of ELs in entire special education population ELs represent 23% of the total school. Thus, 23% of the special education population should be ELs

10 When children are learning English as a second language: When children have a language impairment or disorder: it is typical for their skills in English vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and comprehension to be less well- developed than their peers who only speak English. errors or limited skills in vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and comprehension interfere with communication in their first language (L1), compared to peers from the same language group. they will acquire English in a predictable developmental sequence, similar to younger children who are beginning to learn English. their English skills are delayed in comparison to peers from the same language group who have been learning English for the same length of time. reduced opportunities to use their first language may result in loss of competence in L1 before becoming proficient in English. their communication is impaired in interactions with family members and others who speak the same language. they may switch back and forth between L1 and English, using their most sophisticated skills in both languages within single utterances. skills in their first language will be limited, inappropriate, or confused in content, form, or use. results from assessments conducted in English are unlikely to reflect the childs true skills and abilities in most domains. assessments conducted in English will be unable to discriminate between language acquisition and language disorder. (Source: OSPI Pamphlet, p. 12)

11 Prevention of ELs Qualifying for Special Education Programs A Culturally and Linguistically appropriate RtI2 Determine conditions that must be met for referral for assessment Provide non-biased assessment and interpretation of results

12 Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate RtI 2 Tier 1 through 3 reflect a thorough understanding of ELs proficiency levels and what students are capable of doing High quality instruction: content and ELD Data discussions linked to EL instruction Materials are available at multi-levels and in native language

13 Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate RtI 2 Problem solving (individualized) versus program driven Instruction before intervention Demonstrate that an EL advocate on SST has expertise to guide, interpret and facilitate discussions at SST, design intervention programs and monitor progress in a timely manner.

14 Conditions for Referrals Interventions have been well documented with sufficient details and of sufficient duration and intensity. SST validates EL difficulties across content areas and locations. Interventions have been conducted in both languages by qualified trained individuals. Documentation of instruction clearly indicates learning problems in both languages.

15 Conditions for Referrals The teacher has used instructional strategies known to be effective for ELs. Neither clinical teaching nor interventions has resolved learning difficulties. All general education alternatives have proven unsuccessful. Documentation of parental involvement is present from the beginning. Native language support and/or instruction has been provided, if feasible, with little or no success. Esparza-Brown ( 2008)

16 Essential Elements To Address Biased and Non-biased Assessments Use of Native Language Aides, Interpreters and Translators Parent Participation Teachers Cross-training

17 Can We Provide Non-biased Assessments? There is no test that can rule out the learning disability versus the language development issue. Standardized tests are normed on the majority culture and language (Caesar & Kohler, 2007) Misinterpretations applied to data; discrepancy formula and medical model Pitfalls of Parallel and Translated Tests Norms, Baselines and Ceilings

18 Issues of Traditional Assessments Linguistic Bias Cultural Bias Time Factor Equivalent English and other language versions

19 Receptive and Expressive One-Word Picture Vocabulary Tests, Fourth Edition (EOWPVT-4, ROWPVT-4)

20 An Example of Item Analysis Test for Auditory Comprehension Of Language- Carrow Kinder Student; 6-11 C.A. Results- English 4-8 A.E. By adding the credit of Spanish: Obtained a Bilingual score 6-5 A.E.

21 Use of Native Language Necessary in intervention and testing An English Learner will need bilingual testing- no matter what CELDT level! Watch for dialectical, regional and educational levels A necessity for low incidence English Learners

22 Aides, Interpreters and Translators Interpreters are language on demand Translators provide written translations Training in educational jargon, information, and coordination Preview and training before the actual meeting Checking for meaning with back translating

23 Teachers and Paraprofessionals Cross Training Language Development ELD and SDAIE methodology Special Education instructional modifications specific to exceptionalities Testing modifications and adaptations Legal requirements Consultation model

24 Do ELs have appropriate IEP Goals? ELD Content Area access through SDAIE

25 English Language Development Goals and Language of Instruction -For individuals whose native language is other than English, linguistically appropriate goals, objectives, programs and services. -ELD and content areas reflect linguistic support for EL.

26 ELD GOAL: Increase Communication Objective: By March 2014, when provided prompting and substantial support and comprehensible input with a familiar literature, Juan P. will demonstrate comprehension through oral discussion using familiar descriptive words by asking and answering questions with 80 % accuracy as measured by observations. Grade 3 ELD I.B.5.Listening actively SDC

27 ELD GOAL: Increase Communication Emerging Level Objective: By__ (date)__, when given comprehensible input, such as ______, the EL will respond to the correct picture/object by (pointing, taking, walking to, acting out) with ___% accuracy as measured by __(records, observations).

28 ELA/Math or other Content Goal (SDAIE) Same as an English Only Student except define: 1)How the instruction will be modified or adapted linguistically; 2)How the instruction will be delivered by language proficiency level; 3)And what tasks are supported or instructed through primary language.

29 CELDT or ALPI? CELDT: Diploma bound ELs Alternative testing ALPI: Lower Cognitive Skills Twenty Years of use For severely handicapped students Parent Interview Used for initial and ongoing English proficiency- instead of CELDT Cannot be used for reclassification

30 Reclassification of Special Education ELs: Suggested by CELDT Guidelines 1. Assessment of Language Proficiency using an Objective Assessment Instrument 2 Teacher Evaluation 3. Parental Opinion and Consultation 4. Students Score on an Assessment of Basic Skills such as CAPA

31 CELDT Guidelines says… In accordance with with federal and state law, the local IEP may address the individual needs of each English learner with a disability using multiple criteria… p. 21 CELDT 2012-2013 Guidelines

32 Federal Guidelines as it relates to ELs in Special Education Assessments with pupils of limited English proficiency shall be administered in the childs native language or mode of communication, unless clearly not feasible to do so (EC 56320, EC 56001) No single procedure is used as the sole criterion for determining an appropriate educational program for an individual child (EC 56320, EC 56001)

33 Primary Language Assessment Criteria In keeping with the research of Ortiz, Genesse, Damico, Hamayan, Sanchez-Lopez, Garcia, Marlar, Rueda, Gottieb, Cummins: Assessment of Language Proficiency using an Objective Assessment Instrument in L1 and L2 across all language domains as determined by the IEP

34 And Back to Cummins! The Linguistic Interdependence Model

35 Language Considerations We must assess in two language to compare development!

36 What are your next steps ? Q & A

37 REFERENCES Special Education Considerations for English Learners: Delivering a Continuum of Services, (2007) Hamayan, Marler, Sanchez-Lopez, and Damico. Caslon Publishing. Struggling Learners & Language Immersion Education, Research-based, Practioner-informed Responses to Educators Top Questions, (2010) Williams Fortune & Menke. CARLA Publications. English Learners with Special Education Needs, (2002) Artilles and Ortiz, CAL. Bias in Mental Testing. School Psychology Quarterly, 14 (30), 208-38.

38 REFERENCES A Cultural, Linguistic, and Ecological Framework for Response to Intervention with English Language Learners, (2008) Julie Esparza Brown, Portland State University and Jennifer Doolittle, Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education.


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