The Bilingual Assessment Team (BAT) is a multilingual unit designed to collaborate with schools' Individualized Education Program (IEP) teams to assess and interpret data from English Language Learners who have or are suspected of having an educational disability.
BAT is comprised of bilingual instructional specialists, school psychologists, and speech/language pathologists. The BAT unit office is located at Rocking Road Horse Center.
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Members of the BAT unit 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 BAT staff members use the linguistic and cultural knowledge, skills, and abilities of its members to make complex special education procedures understood by parents from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds.
The BAT staff members use 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 BAT unit provides the following services to local school Educational Management Teams (EMTs) and IEP teams, as appropriate:
All referrals to the BAT unit must be made using one of the following forms:
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The BAT unit provides services to:
Spanish-speaking students attending private and parochial schools students and who are referred through Child Find also may be referred to BAT.
When is a student referred to the BAT?
The EMT staff members, including the ESOL teacher, should have implemented systematic interventions and documented their effectiveness before referring an English Language Learner (ELL) to the BAT unit. The appropriate ESOL instructional specialist can provide advice and suggestions during this process. Following implementation of interventions, students who do not show appropriate progress and students who show evidence of a disability should be referred to the IEP Team. The EMT should request completion of a language dominance assessment of ESOL level 3 or 4 students before the screening IEP team meeting is held.
Action Steps for ELL students prior to referral for IEP screening:
What happens next?
What is a language dominance determination?
The main purpose of a language dominance determination is to determine the appropriate language(s) for testing if evaluation is recommended by the IEP team. There are essentially three possible outcomes from language dominance assessment:
What happens after the screening IEP meeting?
Telephone the BAT unit at 240-740-4420.
Other questions can be directed to the BAT instructional assessment specialist assigned to the school.