English Language Learners

ELL

An ELL student means an individual -

(A) who is age 3 through 21;

(B) who is enrolled or preparing to enroll in an elementary school or secondary school;

(C)(i) who was not born in the United States or whose native language is a language other than English;

(ii) (I) who is a Native American or Alaska Native, or a native resident of the outlying areas; and

(II) who comes from an environment where a language other than English has had a significant impact on the individual's level of English language proficiency; or

(iii) who is migratory, whose native language is a language other than English, and who comes from an environment where a language other than English is dominant; and

(D) whose difficulties in speaking, reading, writing, or understanding the English language may be sufficient to deny the individual -

(i) the ability to meet the State's proficient level of achievement on State assessments described in section 1111(b)(3);

(ii) the ability to successfully achieve in classrooms where the language of instruction is English; or

(iii) the opportunity to participate fully in society.

•English Learner (EL)
•English Language Learner (ELL)
•Limited English Proficient (LEP)

*All of these acronyms are used to describe a student who speaks a language(s) other than English and has been identified as needing additional language support

English language development services that are provided to EL students in order to meet federal requirements. These services are in addition to the core instruction. State and local funds are used to meet these requirements.

What Legal Obligations Do Schools Have to English Learners (ELs)?.pdf

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