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Instructor teaching studentsAccording 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).


Michelle Dickey
ELL & Professional Learning Consultant
319-753-6561 Ext. 1210

Office of Civil Rights

LAU Plan Guidance

Department of Education Links (the following links are managed by the Department of Education)

The ELL Community contains information and resources related to:

  • English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards
  • ELPA21 Assessments, 
  • Required Title III Trainings and Webinar Modules
  • The LAU Plan
  • 2015 ICLC

Be sure to join the ELL Agora Community to keep up to date on current requirements, access documents, share resources, and learn from other professionals.

Parent Communication Documents for EL Programming

ELPA21 Links

ELP Standards

  • Standards Training 
    • Log In
    • Click on Catalog
    • Search in Catalog (You may search for Modules 1,2 and 3 in 2015-16 and Modules 4,5, and 6 in 2016-17 or thereafter)
      • ELP Standards Module 1, ELP Standards Module 2, ELP Standards Module 3
      • ELP Standards Module 4, ELP Standards Module 5, or ELP Standards Module 6
  • ELP Standards

ELL Resources

Title III Funding

ELL and Common Core

Math ELL Resources

Reading ELL Resources

Science ELL Resources

ELL Network

Muli-Culture/Gender Fair

Language  Organizations

Information On Refugees

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