James Madison University

Nondiscriminatory Assessment of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students

June 7 & 8, 2012 (one day registration available)
8:30a.m. - 4:00p.m.
Montpelier Room, East Campus Dining Hall


8:30 – 4:00

This session will focus on the increasing diversity of U.S. public schools, educational services for dual-language learners, understanding first and second language acquisition, generational effects in language development, history of immigrant achievement, parallel processes in development, and language development, legal compliance in assessment of diverse children and a framework for comprehensive nondiscriminatory assessment.


8:30 – 4:00

This session will cover bilingual assessment vs. assessment of bilinguals, use of interpreters in assessment, current research in support of the Culture-Language Test Classifications (C-LTC) and Interpretive Matrix (C-LIM), examples of test-specific classification matrices, and case study illustrations of nondiscriminatory interpretation with the C-LIM.

Sam Ortiz, is an Associate Professor Psychology and former Director of the School Psychology Program at St. John’s University, Queen’s, New York.  He earned his PhD. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Southern California. Dr. Ortiz had studied and published on topic that include assessment of culturally and linguistically diverse individuals application of modern intelligence theory in testing through CHC Cross-Battery assessment methods, differentiating cultural and linguistic differences from disorders, and development of the CHC Culture-Language Matrix as a method for determining the primary influence of culture and language on test performance. He recently authored three chapters in NASP's Best Practices IV on nondiscriminatory assessment, contemporary intellectual assessment, and working with culturally and linguistically diverse children and families.  Dr. Ortiz trains and consults both nationally and internationally on topics ranging from nondiscriminatory assessment to contemporary evaluation of learning disabilities. He combines practical and research based experience with specialized education and training in working with culturally and linguistically diverse children and parents. Dr. Ortiz is bilingual (Spanish) and bicultural (Puerto Rican).