English Language Learners

 According to the federal government, an LEP/ELL is an individual:
(A) who is 3 to 21 years of age; and
(B) who is enrolled or preparing to enroll in an elementary or secondary school; and
(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 111 (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

The links below will lead you to additional information about English Language Learners

"ELLs are the fastest growing segment of the student population."

- National Council for Teachers of English

State Advisory Council


The State Advisory Council for Limited-English Proficient Students/English Language Learners has been established by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to advise the Commissioner of Education on all matters pertaining to the education of limited-English proficient students/English language learners; and provide other programmatic recommendations, as it deems necessary. 


  • TBD
  • Location: TBD

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  • Julie A. Motta, Chair         
  • Laurie Grupp, Co-Chair Higher Education
  • Richard Kucal, Co-Chair K-12 Education
  • Cathy Fox, Membership Secretary
  • Elizabeth Alexander, Recording Secretary

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