Dual Language Learners (DLL)

The Minnesota Centers of Excellence for Young Children with Disabilities is the statewide professional development system for early childhood special education (ECSE). Professional Development Facilitators (PDF) in each of the state’s eight economic development regions work to connect, support and empower local leaders to build capacity. Through these joint efforts, young children and their families are accessing and benefiting from high-quality programs and services throughout the state.

ELL Evaluation Resources

MDE’s English Learner Companion to Promoting Fair Evaluations. There are a several chapters that are very helpful when thinking about evaluation and assessment of multi-lingual learners. Please note that any mention of pre-referral interventions does not apply to the preschool population, as OSEP has been very clear that RTI/MTSS cannot delay the referral for a special education evaluation for a Pre-K child suspected of having a disability. 

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
Tips for Assessing Bilingual Children As a Monolingual SLP
Dynamic Assessment
Multicultural Affairs and Resources (Note especially the Practice Resources and Practice Portal)

Leaders Project
Understanding Assessment: Applying Dynamic Assessment
Disability Evaluations Directory

MDE’s Q&A from Compliance and Assistance:
Q&A: Evaluation Due Process Requirements for English Learner Students

Determining Eligibility when Standard Scores Cannot be Reported

DLL Modules

Resources will be added as they are available.