State EL Policy & Procedures Manual

This online document, English Language Learners (EL) Policy and Procedures Manual, is an outgrowth of the Alabama State Department of Education’s voluntary agreement with the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (Compliance Review #04-98-5023), for providing services to students who are English learners (ELs).  It incorporates requirements and applicable references to Title III of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB).  This document is intended to provide basic requirements and guidance for policies, procedures, and practices for identifying, assessing, and serving ELs.  While the term limited-English proficient (LEP) is used in legal and official documents, the EL Policy and Procedures Manual refers to LEP students as ELs.  

English Learners (EL) Policy and Procedures Manual (Part 1) (Part 2

Criteria for Placement

Preventing Inappropriate Referrals

Please contact us regarding questions about responsibilities of local education agencies (LEAs) in providing English language services.