English Language Learners
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According to Iowa Code section 280.4, a limited English proficient student is defined as follows: "a student's language background is in a language other than English, and the student's proficiency in English is such that the probability of the student's academic success in an English-only classroom is below that of an academically successful peer with an English language background." The term English Language Learners (ELL) will replace the term Limited English Proficient (LEP).
Title III - Part A - English Language Acquisition,
Language Enhancement and Academic Achievement
The Title III program assists states and school districts in teaching English to limited English proficient students, including immigrant students, and helping these students meet the same challenging academic standards expected of all students. The program accomplishes this by providing, through state allocations, federal funds to eligible agencies to address the language and achievement needs of English Language Learners (ELL). Each state is required to use 95% of its allocation for subgrants to eligible agencies. These funds are to be used for:
- increasing English proficiency by providing programs based on scientifically based research demonstrating effectiveness in increasing English proficiency and achievement in core academic subjects, and
- provide high-quality professional development to teachers, principals, administrators, and other school and community-based organization personnel.
Other authorized activities include:
- upgrading programs and services, including improving instructional programs, curricula, instructional materials, and assessment procedures;
- providing tutorial and academic or vocational education, or intensified instruction for ELL
- coordinating programs and services with other relevant programs, services, and providers
- providing community participation programs, family literacy services, and parent outreach and training. School districts with a significant increase in their immigrant student population compared to the previous 2-year period may be eligible for funds to serve immigrant students.
Writing a Corrective Action Plan
ELP Standards and Assessments
The IELDA is the growth measure used to assess English language proficiency (it is not a placement test). The TELPA is the screener used as a placement measure. Guidance for accommodating ELLs in district’s academic content assessments in mathematics, reading, and science is found in the document, Iowa Guidelines for K-12 ELL Participation in District-wide Assessments.
DE policy is that recently arrived ELLs, including those who have refused ESOL services, who have not been enrolled for a full academic year in US schools may be exempt from one administration of the Iowa's NCLB AYP test for reading (Iowa Assessments). However, these students’ IELDA results will count towards NCLB AYP participation in Reading. If the IELDA is used for the NCLB reading participation in lieu of the Iowa Assessment reading subtest, for ELLs who are new (first year students), the district needs to report to the Iowa Department of Education so that the information can be included in the annual AYP student participation counts.
Title I Flexibility for New English Language Learner Arrivals - If the Iowa-ELDA is used for the NCLB reading participation in lieu of the Iowa Assessments reading subtest, for ELLs who are new (first year students), the district needs to report to the Iowa Department of Education so that the information can be included in the annual AYP student participation counts. Please use the following form to ensure these recent arrival students are properly counted for AYP. The information should be provided by June 30th on an annual basis.
Iowa Guidelines for K-12 ELL Participation in Districtwide Assessments - Provides Iowa school districts with guidance in the implementation of English language proficiency standards.
English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards - The Iowa State Board of Education adopted these standards in January of 2014. Schools are required to use these standards in their Language Instruction Education Program (LIEP)
The ELPA21 assessment system measures and reports on proficiency of the English language overall, as well as in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and comprehension. The ELPA21 assessment system includes a summative measure of English language proficiency, a placement screener, and professional learning modules supporting a deeper understanding of Iowa’s new English Language Proficiency Standards.
During the 2015-16 school year the TELPA will continue to serve as the placement screener. Beginning in May of 2016, the ELPA21 screener will be the required screener.
Lau (ELL) Plan
The Lau (ELL) Plan, so named from the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1974 decision in Lau v. Nichols, has been added to C-Plan as a CSIP question.
Regardless of whether a district has identified English Language Learners (referred to as LEP in state and federal code) enrolled, the law requires the development of a plan to address the specific language instruction education needs should it become necessary to provide such services. The district should review and revise the Lau (ELL) Plan on an annual basis to ensure adequate preparation of all educational personnel to meet the unique needs of diverse language learners.
A Lau (ELL) Plan is required of both public and nonpublic accredited districts in accordance with Title III of the ESEA (PL 107-110) and federal civil rights law, as well as Iowa Code section 280.4 and Iowa Code section 216.9.
On an annual basis, districts and accredited nonpublic must use the Title III state-required Lau (ELL) Plan template. The Lau (ELL) Plan template and Lau (ELL) Plan Reference Guide are found below.
Lau Plan Template - Public (2015-08-17)
Lau Plan Checklist - (2015-08-17)
State ELL Program
Educating Iowa's English Learners: A Handbook for Administrators and Teachers - The handbook gives Iowa educators a picture of the unique needs of English Language Learners (ELL). It offers a guide for providing equal access to the quality education available in the state. The handbook will primarily benefit those responsible for designing and implementing programs in local school districts.
English Learners Handbook Sections
- Chapter 1: Legal and Educational Rationale
- Chapter 2: Funding Sources
- Chapter 3: Procedures
- Chapter 4: Educational Programs
- Chapter 5: Involving Parents and Community
- Chapter 6: Program Evaluation
- Appendix A: Bibliography of Language Tests for ELs
- Appendix B: Enrollment Status Descriptors
- Appendix C: List of Resource Agencies, Centers, and Organizations
- Appendix D: Publishers of Bilingual/LIEP/Multicultural/Multilingual Materials
- Appendix E: Print and Online Resource List
- Appendix F: Limited English Proficiency Laws and Rules
- Appendix G: English Learners (EL) District/Building Self-Study Guide
AEA ELL Websites
- Keystone AEA 1: http://www.aea1.k12.ia.us/en/curriculum_instruction_and_assessment/other_curriculum_areas/english_language_learners_ell/
- AEA 276: http://www.aea267.k12.ia.us/ell/
- Prairie Lakes AEA 8: http://www.aea8.k12.ia.us/en/programs_and_services/english_language_diverse_learners/
- Mississippi Bend AEA 9: http://www.aea9.k12.ia.us/en/programs_and_services/integrated_services/quality_learning/english_language_learners_ell_/
- Grant Wood AEA 10: http://www.aea10.k12.ia.us/divlearn/ell.html
- Heartland AEA 11: http://www.heartlandaea.org/instructional-services/cia/ell/
- Great Prairie AEA: http://www.gpaea.k12.ia.us/programs--services/english-language-learner-%28ell%29.aspx
- Green Hills AEA: http://www.ghaea.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=34&Itemid=43
- Northwest AEA: http://www.nwaea.k12.ia.us/en/programs_and_services/educational_services/english_language_learners/
- Our Kids: English Language Learners in Your Classroom
- Our Kids: English Language Learners in Your Classroom Presentation
Center of Applied Linguistic (http://www.cal.org/)
Colorin Colorado (http://www.colorincolorado.org/)
Council of Chief State School Officers (http://ccsso.org/)
Midwest Equity Assistance Center (http://meac.org/)
National Association of Bilingual Education (http://www.nabe.org)
Office of Civil Rights - U.S. Department of Education (http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/index.html)
Office of English Language Acquisition - U.S. Department of Education (http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oela/index.html)
Understanding Language - Stanford University (http://ell.stanford.edu/)
WIDA English Language Development (ELD) Standards (http://wida.us/standards/eld.aspx)