Sec. 92-15-002 - Definitions as Used in this Chapter

§ 92-15-002. Definitions as Used in this Chapter

002.01 Language instruction educational program

Language instruction educational program means an instructional program designed to assist an English learner in developing and attaining English proficiency while meeting state academic standards. It may make use of both English and a student's native language to enable the student to develop and attain English proficiency, and may include but is not limited to the participation of English proficient students if the course is designed to enable all participating students to become proficient in English and a second language.

002.02 English learner (EL)

The term 'English learner', when used in this Chapter with respect to a student, means a student:

002.02A Who is enrolled or preparing to enroll in an elementary school or secondary school;

002.02B Who falls into at least one of the following categories:

002.02B1 Who was not born in the United States or whose native language is a language other than English;

002.02B2 Who is a Native American or Alaska Native, or a native resident of the outlying areas and 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

002.02B3 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

002.02C Whose difficulties in speaking, reading, writing, or understanding the English language may be sufficient to deny the individual at least one of the following:

002.02C1 The ability to meet the challenging State academic standards adopted pursuant to 20 U.S.C. § 6311(b);

002.02C2 The ability to successfully achieve in classrooms where the language of instruction is English; or

002.02C3 The opportunity to participate fully in society.

002.03 Native language

Native language when used with reference to a student of limited English proficiency, means

002.03A the language normally used by such student; or

002.03B the language normally used by the parents of the student.

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