Wednesday, April 14, 2010

More on the ESL/Special Ed issue

I've been loving your help on the ESL issue and I still need some more insight.

Here's the situation.

Our son has been here 6 years. His spoken and receptive language are fine. But he really cannot read or write. We are pretty convinced that he is dyslexic and that he has a reading and a learning disability.

However, because he ONLY tests at a 2.5 on the Woodcock Johnson Muñoz test the conclusion is that it is his English that is the problem. However, I conclude that if he has had ESl services for 6 years and is still testing just beyond what a newcomer to the country would test, that it is a LEARNING disability that is affecting his reading and writing.

What' I'm hoping to find is a journal article that would tell me what the average Woodcock Johnson Muñoz test score would be after 5 or 6 years in the country.

All of your insight has been helpful. Keep it coming.


Corey said...

Claudia, I sent this link to a friend of mine that is a reading specialist.. hopefully he will have a suggestion for you.


Johannah said...

You shouldn't have to find this out. Just tell the school you disagree with their findings and request an independent evaluation with an expert on dyslexia evaluations.