Evaluating bilingual children is difficult enough as it is. Sometimes the process is made worse when we work for what we believe to be a proper evaluation and we are denied access to interpreters, bilingual personnel, and are asked to come to a conclusion without any home-language information.
Why does this happen?
Administrators are under a lot of pressure to reduce costs and make processes more efficient. There is also a misunderstanding that evaluating bilingual children is actually more costly. The truth is that an incorrect evaluation puts another child on our caseload and adds to the already rampant over-identification of minority populations. The cost of 1 child in special education for one year is reported to be $5000. No, it is worth the time and expense to get the diagnosis correct.