LEP Partnership

The LEP Partnership is a U.S. Department of Education initiative to improve assessments of English language proficiency, reading, and mathematics for LEP students. No Child Left Behind (NCLB) focuses attention on the academic achievement of more than 5 million limited English proficient (LEP) students in the U.S. An important step to improving instruction and closing the achievement gap for English language learners is high quality assessment. We must be able to measure what LEP students know and don't know--both in terms of core subject matter and acquiring English language skills--so that we have the data we need to address students' academic needs.

Developing high-quality and appropriate assessments and accommodations for LEP students is complex and challenging work for States. The Department is committed to supporting these efforts. As part of the LEP Partnership, the Department is providing technical assistance and support to States working on a continuum of strategies for assessing LEP students.

The Department is partnering with the National Council of LaRaza, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the Council of Chief State School Officers, the Comprehensive Center on Assessment and Accountability and the National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition to support the LEP Partnership. All States are invited to be a part of the LEP Partnership. The Department intends to disseminate across all States the findings, practices, policy recommendations, assessment instruments, and tested accommodation practices based on the work of the LEP Partnership.

LEP Partnership Technical Assistance Projects

The U. S. Department of Education has supported work on six technical assistance projects to help States improve assessments for limited English proficient (LEP) students. These projects were recommended by States at the LEP Partnership meeting in Washington D.C. in October 2006:

Practical Guidelines for the Education of English Language Learners

Title III Notice of Final Interpretations

On October 17, 2008, the Department published in the Federal Register a notice of final interpretations regarding ten issues related to the implementation of the assessment and accountability provisions in Title III of the ESEA.

Letter Regarding Title III "Supplement Not Supplant"

On October 2, 2008, the Department sent a letter and guidance to States regarding the "supplement not supplant" provisions of Title III and the use of Title III funds for English language proficiency assessment development and administration.

LEP Partnership Meetings

October 15-16, 2008, Meeting

October 28-29, 2007, Meeting

October 28-29, 2006, Meeting

LEP Partnership Letters, Press Releases, and Fact Sheets

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Standards, Assessment and Accountability—ED information on Title I assessment, including regulations, guidance, adequate yearly progress, state accountability plans and assessment systems

Office of English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement for Limited English Proficient Students (OELA)

Founding Partners

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