Pre-Referral Flowchart: Team Considerations for use prior to referral of a multilingual Learner for Initial Special Education Assessment

Multilingual learners may experience academic and/or behavioral challenges, in which school-based teams are tasked with reviewing performance data across settings. Multi-disciplinary teams are key to the pre-referral process. Multidisciplinary team members use an iterative process of reviewing data, identifying needed interventions & supports, and make data-based decision prior to supsecting a disability & referring a multilingual learner for special education eligibilty assessment.

Last updated: 09/07/2023

Area of Focus

  • Assessment
  • Instruction


  • District
  • Families
  • Instructional Leaders
  • Site Leaders
  • Teachers

Student Population

  • Infant-preschool
  • English Language Learners
  • High School
  • K-6
  • Middle School