Thesis Title

Assessment Practices with English Language Learners for Entry Into Special Education Programs

Graduation Date

Summer 2010

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Document Form


Degree Name

Master of Science

Program Name


Program Director

Madeliene Peters, EdD


The purpose of this qualitative study is to examine local assessment practices for the assessment of English Language Learners for special education eligibility in the area of Specific Learning Disability. Resource specialists and psychologist from two districts in a San Francisco Bay area suburban county completed a survey that contained questions related to formal and informal assessment practices. Results showed a reliance on formal testing and informal data, with less emphasis on information on the use of intervention strategies, family and school history, and home language and literacy. Results also indicated a low incidence of native language assessment and availability of native language assessment instruments.

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