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(a) Each school district that enrolls limited English proficient (LEP) pupils is responsible for taking appropriate steps to develop the pupils' English-language skills and to provide them meaningful participation in the school district's academic program consistent with applicable state and federal standards. In addition, each school district with a school that is attended by at least eight LEP pupils shall
(1) prepare a plan of service for LEP pupils; the school district may designate the effective dates of the plan of service, which may be for up to five school years;
(2) file a plan of service by April 15 of the year in which the district enrolls eight or more LEP pupils in a school or the year in which the existing plan of service expires;
(3) implement the plan of service in the school year following the year of submission; and
(4) file changes to an existing plan of service with the department before implementation of the change.
(b) The plan required under (a) of this section must provide for the following:
(1) a statement of the district's educational goals and instructional methodology;
(2) the district's plan of identification of all pupils who are or who may be LEP pupils, which must include the use of a state-approved assessment of English language proficiency in the identification process;
(3) the district's procedure for assessing the educational progress of LEP pupils;
(4) the district's program of services and instructional model for LEP pupils;
(5) an identification of instruction staff and educational resources;
(6) the district's process for monitoring of the success and academic progress of exited LEP pupils;
(7) the district's program evaluation that addresses the effectiveness of the program in meeting students' English-language development needs, in achieving student academic progress goals, and reflecting any identified need for program modification;
(8) parent and community involvement.
(c) A district shall annually administer, between March 1 and April 30 of each school year, the state-approved assessment of English language proficiency to all pupils who have been identified as LEP pupils. The district shall report the assessment score of each pupil to the department on forms prescribed by the department and by the date specified by the department. The assessment must test the pupil's proficiency under the English language proficiency standards adopted by reference in 4 AAC 04.155.
(d) If under (b) and (c) of this section a district identifies a pupil as an LEP pupil eligible for services under this chapter, that pupil remains identified as an LEP pupil until the pupil
(1) obtains a level of proficient fluent, as described in the English language proficiency standards adopted by reference in 4 AAC 04.155, for two consecutive annual assessments of English language proficiency under (c) of this section; and
(2) obtains a proficiency level of proficient or advanced, as described in 4 AAC 06.739, on the state assessments in reading and writing or in reading and language arts under 4 AAC 06.730, 4 AAC 06.737, or 4 AAC 06.755.
History: Eff. 1/14/78, Register 65; am 8/15/78, Register 67; am 6/28/87, Register 102; am 5/4/2000, Register 154; am 11/23/2003, Register 168; am 8/29/2004, Register 171; am 12/7/2004, Register 172
Authority: AS 14.07.060
Editor's note: A copy of "Alaska's English Language Proficiency Standards, March 2004 Edition," referred to in 4 AAC 34.005(d) may be obtained from the Department of Education and Early Development, Division of Teaching and Learning Support, 801 W. 10th Street, Suite 200, Juneau, Alaska 99801, or at www.eed.state.ak.us/standards/pdf/ELPStandards200403.pdf.
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