Does my child have to be able to read and write in English to be tested for LD?
No, your child does not have to able to read and write in English to be tested for LD. In fact, it’s a mistake to delay testing until that point—although many schools do so. Like native English speakers, ELL students with LD benefit from early intervention, usually before third grade. But very few are proficient in English by this time. Teachers who know your child’s native language are best equipped to notice signs of LD in both languages. They should discuss these issues with you, work with your child to resolve difficulties, and possibly refer him for testing.