Summer 2018


Capstone Project

Degree Name



Julianne Scullen

Content Expert

Whitney Nasca


Research shows that there is a disproportionate number of English Language Learners (ELLs) in special education. The over and under representation of this population in special education can be linked back to issues within the referral and evaluation process. This project looks to answer the question: What accommodations need to be made to the special education process to ensure that English Language Learners are appropriately referred and evaluated? This project resulted

in a flowchart for each step in the special education referral and evaluation process. Research- based practices are presented for each step of the process. The flowchart was created to be used

by special education and general education teachers in any school district. School districts have varying, and at times vague, guidelines for assessing ELLs for special education. The goal of this project is to create an outline to aid in the process of implementing best practices, so that ELLs are appropriately being identified for special education and eventually eliminate the disproportionality amongst ELLs in special education. (167 words)

Project Type



Assessment, ESL/ ELLs, Special Education

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