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Document Number: 6295

Graduation Exam Participation and Performance (2000-2001) of English Language Learners with Disabilities - This report is one of the first publicly released analyses of participation and performance of English language learners with a disability (SLEPD) on a high stakes assessment. Examining students’ performance on Minnesota’s exit exams in reading and math in 1999-2000, the researchers found that the 91% participation rate for SLEPD was lower than the participation rate for all students, but high at that time. The researchers also disaggregated scores by SLEPDs’ disability category, discovering that students differed on participation rates and performance depending upon their disability. Reviewing participation of students by language group, the authors revealed that Hmong SLEPDs participated at lower rates than the Hmong population as a whole, while the reverse was found for Somali- and Spanish-speaking students with disabilities. The study also reports students’ performance on these assessments and discusses implications and proposes areas for future research. (Kristi Liu, Manuel Barrera, Martha Thurlow, Kamil Guven and Vitaliy Shyyan, National Center on Educational Outcomes, June 2005)...

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