Re-enacted English Language Proficiency ACT (ELPA)
On May 21, 2014, Colorado’s Governor signed HB14-1298 that repealed and re-enacted with amendments the English Language Proficiency Act (ELPA). The re-enacted ELPA provides funding for Colorado districts with English Learners (ELs).
There is a substantial number of students in Colorado who are English language learners; Local Education Providers must provide evidence-based English language proficiency programs for English Language learners to enable them to develop and acquire English language proficiency while achieving and maintaining grade-level performance in academic content areas; To improve the educational and career opportunities for every student in Colorado , the state must ensure support of local education providers to establish evidence-based English language proficiency programs; The state and local education providers must enhance all educators' effectiveness in supporting English Language development and in enabling English Language learners to achieve and maintain grade-level performance in academic content areas; The state must develop the educational approach and goals of local education providers to help ensure that English language learners are postsecondary and workforce ready at graduation.
(Section 22-24-105. Specifies district-powers and duties as follows)
It is the duty of each Local Education Provider to:
- Identify, through the observations and recommendations of parents, teachers, or other persons the students whose dominant language may not be English
- Assess, such students, using instruments and techniques approved by the department, to determine if their dominant language is not English
- Certify to the department those students in the district whose dominant language is not English
- Administer and provide programs for students whose dominant language is not English
- Supports the requirement to provide an evidence based English language proficiency program for all English Learners
- ELPA provides funding based on identified English learners in evidence based English Language Proficiency (ELP) programs for up to a total of five budget years, including prior years of funding
The ELPA program is funded annually on a per pupil basis. The following programs are eligible for funding under ELPA:
- Bilingual Education Program
- ESL Program
- Other methods of achieving the English language proficiency
The ELPA Report on the Data Pipeline includes the following information: district code, school code and name, student number, grade level, language background code and name, ESL/Bilingual, language proficiency (NEP, LEP, FEP M1, FEP M2), and number of years in the ELPA program. To access the ELPA Report, go to: Data Pipeline - Cognos Reports - Student October Count - ELPA Report -Updated. Because ELPA allocations are now based on the Student October counts from the previous year, the 15-16 report informs the 16-17 funding. You will need the OCT LEAUSER or LEAAPPROVE role assigned to your account. In order to view the district totals and filter by any category, the reports are best viewed as Microsoft Excel files downloaded to your computer.