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The purpose of this study was to gain insight into the practices used by Illinois school-based SLPs in assessing bilingual students and the challenges they face. A survey made on surveyplanent.com was distributed via email through the Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association to gather information on typical bilingual assessment such as frequently used methods, resources available by district, and continuing education opportunities. Responses were analyzed via SPSS Statistics to understand any relationships between SLP language proficiency, years of experience, percentage of bilingual caseload, reports of graduate preparation, and continuing education opportunities with their bilingual assessment practices. The data was compared to similar studies conducted in 2007 and 2017 to note past and current trends. The results indicate little relationship between language proficiency, years of experience, percentage of bilingual caseload, reports of graduate preparation, and continuing education opportunities and assessment practices. SLPs working with bilingual students within Illinois schools face a variety of challenges, including limited time and resources as well as language and administrative barriers.
Zurek, Erin, "SLP Practice and Assessment of Bilingual Students in Illinois" (2021). Undergraduate Honors Theses. 168.
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