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English Learner Programs

According to the federal government, an LEP/EL 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

AMAO III Waiver 

Webinar for the public to review Rhode Island Department of Education’s proposed AMAO III Waiver to the US Department of Education for English Learners

To listen and watch this webinar please click here Webinar Recording New!


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

- National Council for Teachers of English

State Advisory Council


The Rhode Island LEP/EL Advisory Council is an active group of stakeholders who provide a voice for all English Learners to advise the Commissioner of Education at the Rhode Island Department of Education on all things related to the education of this important and unique group of students. Our goal is to ensure that ELs receive superior educational services enabling each learner to achieve optimum success throughout their school careers and to be college and career ready following graduation from Rhode Island schools.


  • Monday, October 2, 2017 
  • Monday, December 4, 2017 
  • Monday, March 5, 2018
  • Monday, May 7, 2018

All meetings begin promptly at 6:30 and are open to the public.  

MEETING Location:

  • Providence College - Room to be determined 

Be Informed!


Get in Touch!


  • Michael Northup, Chair         
  • Caterina Anselmo, Vice Chair, K-12
  • Maria Pacheco, Vice Chair, Higher Ed.
  • Sarah Reis, Membership Secretary
  • Tanya Helm, Recording Secretary

Council Members:

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