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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
Burlington Office
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)

Parent Communication Documents for EL Programming

  • Transact - Use this website to find documents that communicate to parents about EL programming and assessment in their native language. Please contact Michelle Dickey, if you unsure of how to locate documents regarding English Language Learners

ELPA21 Links

ELP Standards

  • Standards Training 
    • Log In
    • Click on Catalog
    • Search in CatELP Standards Module 1, ELP Standards Module 2, ELP Standards Module 3
      • 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

Please contact Michelle Dickey, if you are interested in utilizing Title III funding for your English Language Learners

ELL and Common Core

Math ELL Resources

Reading ELL Resources

Science ELL Resources

ELL Network

Multi-Culture/Gender Fair

Language  Organizations

Information On Refugees

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