Challenges in Special Education Identification for ELLs

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There are a number of reasons why English language learners (ELLs) end up in special education programs even when it's unnecessary; there are also a number of reasons why ELLs may not receive the services they need for disabilities. This section explores the decisions and assumptions that can lead to the under- and over-identification of ELLs in special education.

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