Timothy Tipton, M.A., CCC-SLP and his colleague, Angela Gaviria, Ed.S., from the San Diego Unified School District prepared this manual that describes a Comprehensive Evaluation Process for English Learners (CEP-EL). San Diego Unified School District's Board of Education approved the implementation of this district-wide process that requires all district staff to be familiar with general and special education procedures for ensuring appropriate referrals and identification of English learners for special education services.


  • Certifies that newly identified or re-evaluated English learners have been provided a comprehensive evaluation upon identification for special education services
  • Is required when considering English learners within any special education disability category
  • Documents use of best practices for English learners throughout the evaluation process (from pre-referral to IEP development)