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Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education (SLIFE)

The Minnesota Learning English for Academic Proficiency and Success (LEAPS) Act defines SLIFE as an English learner with interrupted formal education who:

  1. Comes from a home where the language usually spoken is other than English, or who usually speaks a language other than English.
  2. Enters school in the United States after grade 6.
  3. Has at least two years less schooling than the English learner’s peers.
  4. Functions at least two years below expected grade level in reading and mathematics.
  5. May be preliterate in the English learner’s native language.
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