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 Horse Road Center.
Referrals to BAT must be sent via the Bilingual Assessment Team Electronic Referral Form.
PEP Bilingual Assessment Team Electronic Referral Form
Please see detailed instructions on how to complete the form here.
BAT will only complete initial special education evaluations for student(s) whose home language is one of the following: Spanish, French, Vietnamese, Chinese, or Amharic.
BAT will only complete speech and language evaluations for student(s) whose home language is Spanish.
Schools should refer a student for language dominance testing prior to conducting a Screening or a Reevaluation Planning IEP meeting only if their home language is one of the five listed above and the student receives ESOL level 3 or 4 services.
Schools should refer a student who receives ESOL level 1 or 2 services and has WIDA Listening and Speaking scores of 1 or 2 only if their home language is one of the five listed above.
A school should refer a student who receives ESOL level 3 or 4 services for special education evaluations only if their home language is one of the five listed above and the language dominance testing revealed mixed- or home-language dominance.
A school should refer student(s) to BAT for re-evaluation if the student has a disability code of Developmental Delay, the student receives ESOL level 1 or 2 services, the home language is one of the five listed above and the student has WIDA Listening and Speaking scores of 1 or 2.
All other assessments are to be conducted by school personnel with the assistance of an interpreter, when appropriate. Requests for interpreters should be submitted to the Language Assistance Services Unit (LASU) using the Language Assistance Request Information System (LARIS). Contact LASU at 240-740-4054 or via email. For questions regarding best practices in conducting special education evaluations with the assistance of an interpreter, please contact the BAT office at 240-740-4420 for assistance.
See the Updated Referral Process to the Bilingual Assessment Team for more detailed information.
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 use its members' linguistic and cultural knowledge, skills, and abilities 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 (EMT) and IEP teams, as appropriate:
The BAT unit provides services to:
Spanish-speaking students attending private and parochial schools who are referred through Child Find may also be referred to BAT.
When is a student referred to the BAT?
The EMT staff, 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 the 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 the 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 primary purpose of a language dominance determination is to determine the appropriate language(s) for testing if the IEP team recommends evaluation. There are essentially three possible outcomes from language dominance assessment:
What happens after the screening IEP meeting?
Call the BAT unit at 240-740-4420.
Other questions can be directed to the BAT instructional assessment specialist assigned to the school.