The Idaho education department has found that the Nampa district incorrectly labeled English-language learners as eligible for special education services.
The school district is now working to improve its procedures and correct the missteps, including making changes to how $400,000 in funding is spent on education programs.
The state “red flagged” the Nampa district for consistently overidentifying students learning English as “language impaired,” which is considered a learning disability.
District spokeswoman Allison Westfall says a major part of the improvement plan includes training staff members on the differences between a language-based learning disability and a student’s language acquisition.
A version of this article appeared in the February 24, 2010 edition of Education Week as Idaho Says District Incorrectly Labeled ELL Students for Spec. Ed.