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Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)


Educational Administration and Leadership

First Advisor

Ronald E. Hallett

First Committee Member

Linda Skrla

Second Committee Member

Christina Rusk


This story explored the educational experience of a 20 year-old man who came to California from Michoacán, Mexico with his parents and siblings when he was 10 years old. Using qualitative research methodology and testimonio, he and his parents were interviewed to hear and document their stories of his academic journey from the early years in Michoacán to completion of twelfth grade in California. His testimonio, as a migrant English Language Learner (ELL) special education student, who experienced the K-12 Public Education system, provides an in depth view to consider when making educational placement decisions. The ELL student population continues to rise faster than any other student population within California. This student population creates a unique set of circumstances, challenging educators to properly identify and qualify these students into special services. Unfortunately, their lack of language acquisition generally results in lower performance scores on placement assessments. The consequence of these lower test scores oftentimes qualifies these students for special services. The purpose of this qualitative study was to share additional considerations needed to effectively assess and provide the ELL student equitable services. There were two major themes woven throughout the study. First, the study looked at the importance of parent involvement in understanding the academic history of any new student in a school, especially an ELL student. In addition, the role that assessment plays in educational placement of an ELL special education student was explored.



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