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Special Services: LEP Program Participants

The number and percentage of students assessed as eligible for the Limited English Proficient (LEP) Program. LEP is also referred to as English as a Second Language (ESL).

LEP students have a primary or home language other than English and have been assessed as having limited or no ability to understand, speak, read, or write English. The counts are reported as of the student's last day of enrollment in the school system - either the last day in school or the date the student withdrew. The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of LEP students by the June net enrollment.

Reported since November 1990: System and State levels.
Reported since November 1991: School level.

LEP Exempt

Limited English Proficient students, during their first year of enrollment in U.S. schools, have the option of taking or not taking (exempt from) the state reading assessment. LEP students also have the option of taking or not taking (exempt from) the state mathematics assessment with accommodations as appropriate. States can but are not required to include these results in Adequate Yearly Progress. Students would be counted as participants for Adequate Yearly Progress purposes for the 95 percent testing requirement.

Redesignated Limited English Proficient (R-LEP)

These are students that exit the LEP subgroup once they attain English language proficiency. For Adequate Yearly Progress calculations, states have two years to include in the LEP subgroup students who have attained English proficiency.