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The Advancing ALTELLA Assessing English Learners with Disabilities: A Glossary of Terms demystifies the terms, acronyms and jargon that are used by those who support multilingual learners with disabilities in the fields of English language development, special education and assessment. Educators, paraprofessionals, family members, researchers can use the glossary to help simplify the different terminology that exists in those three education fields.

The Advancing ALTELLA team created the glossary so that everyone who supports multilingual learners with disabilities can have a shared understanding of the terms we use about these important students. The team believes that shared knowledge makes for a better, more thoughtful collaboration and planning experience, which means that multilingual learners with disabilities are getting the best instruction and support possible.

Browse the online glossary while you’re in meetings, drafting Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) or designing a fun game of jeopardy for your colleagues (or for your next family gathering)! Download and print the PDF version of the glossary and keep a copy at your desk.

Endnotes and references

Find a complete list of glossary endnotes and references in the Advancing ALTELLA Glossary (PDF).

Authors and contributors

The Advancing ALTELLA Glossary is very much the result of team effort. The primary authors are Laurene L. Christensen, Vitaliy V. Shyyan, Delis Cuéllar, J. D. Mitchell, Sharon Head, Anna Rhoad-Drogalis, Margaret Ho and Cathlin Foy.

Other contributors to the glossary include Jacqueline de Cunha, Trisha Klein, Anne Lies, Maureen Purcell, Anupama Shekar, Sophia Shelley, Katie Stenz, Desiree M. Taylor, Janet Trembley and Jennifer M. Voorhees.