Overrepresentation of ELL in ESE

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  • saisa12
    5 June, 2018 at 20:42
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    We all know, as future and current educators, how challenging the assessment portion of instruction can be. We know that when it comes to English language learners (ELL) the generalized concept and broad approach of assessment is simply not going to cut it. Numerous research and studies have been conducted over the years to find strategies and methods of teaching and assessment that can benefit the learning experience of students in this population. Differentiated instruction and differentiated assessments, allow educators to gain a better understanding of the student’s knowledge in core subjects regardless of English language proficiency. In addition, differentiated instruction and the accommodations made to assessments, can further decrease the overrepresentation of culturally and linguistically diverse children in special education. The issue of having ELL students being categorically placed in special needs education simply because they perform poorly on assessments given to them in a foreign language with no accommodations is one of the most significant issues that U.S public schools face. National statistics show a severe overrepresentation of certain ethnic groups as mentally disabled (IEP) and/or emotionally disturbed (504 plan). I am interested in getting other educators’ perspectives on the implications that overrepresentation in special education has on ELL students and what we as educators can do to prevent such a huge gap from forming in our own classrooms.

    Saisa Jamis

    6 August, 2018 at 20:59
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    Please shorten the intro and provide contact info

    Hi, Saisa,

    Instead of providing all of the lead-up into your request, maybe just give a brief self intro and an intro to your research. Even though you’ll need academic language when writing the actual paper, it might be better to keep things short and sweet when requesting input.

    Do you have a survey link? What type of information are you looking for? Those are the types of things we need to know.

    For example, you can say: “Hi, I’m _____ and I’m a graduate student researching _______ . If you have experience with ______/work with ______/(however you want to phrase it), I’d really appreciate it if you took the time to complete my research survey below. (add a link here).”

    If you’re looking for more qualitative data, you can say that you want to interview people with relevant experience and provide a bit of contact info.

    Good luck!

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