Members of the Bilingual Assessment Team collaborate with school teams and families
to support collaborative problem solving and address the needs of English Language Learners who are suspected of having educational disabilities.
The Bilingual Assessment Team members
uses the linguistic and cultural knowledge, skills, and abilities of its members to make complex special education procedures understood by parents from a diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds.
The Bilingual Assessment Team uses a variety of standardized instruments, informal measures, rating scales, and observations to collect data and make a valid assessment of the student's learning needs.
The Bilingual Assessment Team works
in collaboration with the ESOL bilingual counselors,
ESOL Parent Services, families of students, school
and central office personnel to develop a system of
supports and accommodations appropriate to the needs
of each child.
The Bilingual Assessment Team (BAT) provides the following services to local school Educational Management Teams (EMTs) and Individualized Education Program (IEP) teams, as appropriate:
- Language dominance determinations
- Psychological assessments
- Educational assessments
- Speech-language assessments (French or Spanish)
All referrals to the BAT office must be made on MCPS Form 336-26.