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English language--Study and teaching--Foreign students; Special education--Evaluation;


The English Language Learner (ELL) population in the United States is on the rise and schools are finding themselves adjusting as best they can. The amount of evidence-based research is growing and revealing various strategies that teachers can use in the classroom to assist ELL students in becoming academically successful. However, when ELL students continue to experience academic difficulty, even with the use of strategies and interventions, teachers often refer them for a special education evaluation. This indepth, comprehensive evaluation uses interview, observation, and assessment to assist professionals in making a data-based decision of whether or not an ELL student is eligible for special education services. Currently, there is no singular consensus in the research as to which methods and measures should be used to assist in data collection. However, the research does offer many methods and measures that are considered valid and reliable for use with this diverse, growing population of students, and will enable school psychologists to make ethical and appropriate decisions for ELL students who may or may not need special education services.

Year of Submission


Degree Name

Specialist in Education


Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations

First Advisor

Stephanie Schmitz, Chair

Date Original


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1 PDF file (iii, 50 pages)



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