Minow, M. L. (2001). Limited English proficient students and special education. Wakefield, MA: National Center on Accessing the General CurriculumLast Updated on 2009-04-13 15:03:16
Some school districts have at times confused the educational needs of limited English proficient (LEP) students with the special education services required by students with disabilities. This confusion and the consequent inappropriate referral of LEP students to special education raises the question of whether LEP students identified as requiring special education are receiving a free and appropriate public education as required by federal law . Inappropriate referral to special education can be stigmatizing and costly, inhibiting LEP students from achieving their full academic potential and diverting special education resources from students with actual disabilities and needs.
Specialists assume that approximately the same proportion of students with disabilities will be found in any population. Based upon this assumption, statistically, about 12% of the language minority... More »