More English-language Learners, More ELLs with Disabilities?

Posted on December 12, 2011

By 2030, English-language learners are expected to make up 40 percent of America’s school population. With some states experiencing a 700 percent growth in the number of English learners in their schools between 1994 and 2005, the department expects the number of English Learners with disabilities to increase, too.

So how should schools work with a potentially growing number of students learning English who also have a disability? (Shuttling too many students learning English off to be evaluated for disabilities has been a longstanding problem, although one state had the opposite issue.)

The U.S. Department of Education is soliciting ways to address this issue. They’re offering $1.2 million for three projects that will figure out ways to best work with English-language learners who have a disability or are at risk of having one. The request for proposals sounds like it’s encouraging projects that use the principles of response to intervention.

AuthorNirvi Shah, Edweek

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