For the 2017-2018 school year and in future years, districts and nonpublic schools must keep an updated, accurate, and compliant Lau Plan on file and available for review upon request by the Department, but are not required to submit the plan to the Department annually via CASA or by any other means.

The IDOE released a Title I and Title III memo on September 7th, 2017 which provides districts further information on the Lau Plan requirements.

The Lau Plan is named from the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1974 decision in Lau v. Nichols to ensure that all students have equal access and that identical education does not constitute equal education under the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Keep in mind, this is a working document and districts will want to keep their plan updated with current district practices and procedures as well as changes in requirements.  The Lau Plan Guidance and Checklist documents linked below include updates annual updates.  Districts will want to go by each line item in the Lau Plan Checklist to ensure approval.  This document will be used by the IDE for final approval.


Lau Plan supports

Several resources are available to support your team’s work around the Lau Plan.

As you review your Lau Plan, teams will want to download a copy of the  Lau Plan Guidance document and the Lau Plan Checklist 2017.

LIEP Processes and Procedures Flowchart (updated 5.15)

ELL Assessment Timeline

Monitoring Tool for Reclassified (Exited) Students

Districts will want to ensure they review the 17-18 CASA Assurances.  There is a section on English learners on page 1-2.  These will be signed off by district administrators in CASA.


Additional resources:

Department of Education website (Office of English Language Acquisition)

Dear Colleague Letter – On January 7, 2015, the Departments of Education and Justice issued a Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) which outlined legal obligations to English Learners under civil rights laws.  The Toolkit (listed below) assists agencies in fulfilling these obligations.

English Learner Toolkit for State and Local Education Agencies (US Department of Education)

Iowa Department of Education, EL website

Developing Programs for ELs: Plan Development (OCR)

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions or we can be of assistance.