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Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (Comité para la evaluación de la competencia en el lenguaje) – A campus-based team that monitors the progress and needs of English language learners (ELLs) and makes state assessment decisions regarding the following:

  • State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR)
  • Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System (TELPAS)
  • Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS)

See also Guidance Related to ARD Committee and LPAC Collaboration.

Learning Disability (LD) (Discapacidad de aprendizaje) – A disorder in one or more of the basic psychological processes involved in understanding or in using language, spoken or written, which may manifest itself in an imperfect ability to listen, think, speak, read, write, spell, or to do mathematical calculations.  The term includes such conditions as perceptual handicaps, brain injury, minimal brain dysfunction, dyslexia, and developmental aphasia.  It does not include learning problems that are primarily the result of visual, hearing, or motor disabilities, of mental retardation, of emotional disturbance, or of environmental, cultural, or economic disadvantage. (Referred to as “Specific Learning Disability” under the IDEA.)  See also Specific Learning Disability.

Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) (El ambiente menos restrictivo) – To the maximum extent appropriate, children with disabilities, including children in public or private institutions or other care facilities, are educated with children who are not disabled, and special classes, separate schooling, or other removal of children with disabilities from the regular educational environment occurs only when the nature or severity of the disability of a child is such that education in regular classes with the use of supplementary aids and services cannot be achieved satisfactorily.  For more information, see the LRE Q&A at Progress in the General Curriculum website. 

Limited English Proficient (LEP) (Dominio limitado del inglés) – Same as English Language Learner.

Local Education Agency (LEA)  (Agencia local de educación) – A public board of education or other public authority legally constituted within a State for either administrative control or direction of, or to perform a service function for, public elementary schools or secondary schools in a city, county, township, school district, or other political subdivision of a State, or for such combination of school districts or counties as are recognized in a State as an administrative agency for its public elementary schools or secondary schools.  In Texas, LEAs are called Independent School Districts.

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