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Document Number: 6209

Confronting the Unique Challenges of Including English Language Learners with Disabilities in Statewide Assessments - With the increasing number of students who are English language learners (ELLs), the number of ELLs who also are special education students also is increasing, and these students pose unique challenges to educators. To determine what challenges state education agencies face when including ELL students with disabilities in statewide assessments, the authors of this report conducted telephone interviews with state education department personnel in the areas of assessment, ELL programs and special education in 14 states. Commonly reported challenges were the language barrier itself and the difficulties it then caused in assessing a student's skills. (Michael E. Anderson, Jane E. Minnema, Martha L. Thurlow and Jennifer Hall-Lande, National Center on Educational Outcomes, June 2005)...

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