Equal Access for ELLs
Q: Do ELLs need to be in a language assistance program for a certain amount of time before they receive special services?
A: Regardless of time in program, all ELLs should have access to basic skills, special education, speech, and other education services if they are found to be in need of them.
Q: Where is this found in the Bilingual Education Code?
A: 6A:15-1.7 Supportive services
(a) Students enrolled in bilingual ESL, and English language services programs shall have full access to education services available to other students in the school district.
Q: What language should be used for special services evaluations?
A: 6A:14-2.5 (b) ii of the Special Education Administrative Code states districts boards of education shall insure:
That evaluation procedures including, but not limited to, tests and other evaluation materials according to N.J.A.C. 6A:14-3.4: Are provided and administered in the language and form most likely to yield accurate information on what the child knows and can do academically, developmentally, and functionally unless it is clearly not feasible to do so."