ADE Director's Communication Memo Form

Memo Number : LS-07-035

Date Created : 09/06/2006


Co-op Directors
Secondary Principals
Elementary Principals
Middle School Principals
other: Asst. Prin.
ESL & Fed. Prog. Coord

Type of Memo: Administrative
Response Required: No
Section:   Learning Services - Dr. Laura Bednar, Assistant Commissioner
Minimum Exit and Reclassification Criteria for Limited English Proficient Students

Regulatory Authority:

Contact Person:
Dr. Ellen Treadway

Phone Number:


On August 14, 2006, the Arkansas Board of Education approved new minimum criteria for exiting and reclassifying limited English proficient (LEP) students enrolled in English as a second language (ESL) programs in Arkansas schools.
These criteria are required elements of Language Assessment and Placement (LPAC) LEP student documentation forms and parental notification forms of placement and assessment of English language learners (ELLs) enrolled in ESL programs.

Documentation is required on all LEP students during enrollment in an ESL program and for two years after a student is exited from an ESL program. Each studentís progress shall be reviewed and documented on a yearly basis, or more frequently as needed, by the schoolís LPAC.

Districts are required to monitor and to assist ELLs for two years after exiting the ESL program, according the federal law under Title III of No Child Left Behind.

Exited studentsí English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA) test scores may be banked and included in a schoolís spring ELPA test score report for a maximum of two years.

For additional information about ESL program implementation and LEP student documentation, please contact Dr. Andre Guerrero, ADE director of programs for English language learners ( or 501-682-5014).


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