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English Language Proficiency Act (ELPA)

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On May 21, 2014, Colorado’s Governor signed HB14-1298 that repealed and re-enacted with amendments the English Language Proficiency Act (ELPA).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).

Program Description

  • 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

Allocation Information

View 2015-2016 ELPA Allocations

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

ELPA Legislation

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; click here to be directed to full bill HB14-1298.

(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

ELPA Resouces

2000-2010 Report

For Additional Information Contact:
Lindsay Swanton, 303-866-6842, Send an email

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