SLIFE

Students with limited interrupted formal education (SLIFE) make up an important subset of English learners. 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.
    (Minn. Stat. § 124D.59, Subd. 2a)
Districts and charters identify SLIFE on an annual basis via the Student Support Data Collection (SSDC) . The Commissioner of Education is required, under the LEAPS Act, to report the academic and linguistic growth of SLIFE.

SLIFE Learning Modules
Educating SLIFE offers unique opportunities.  In order for schools to support and foster the abilities and talents of SLIFE, the Minnesota Department of Education has prepared the following learning modules for educators and educational leaders.  Additional modules will be posted as they are completed.

 
  • SSDC SLIFE User Guide - 3/29/17
    The purpose of the Student Support Data Collection (SSDC) Students with limited or interrupted formal education (SLIFE) Identification User Guide is to assist SSDC coordinators in submitting required information to the Minnesota Department of Education.
  • Student Travel Incident Reporting User Guide - 10/13/16
  • SLIFE Identification Checklist - 4/21/16
    "Meeting the Needs of Students with Limited or Interrupted Schooling" by DeCapua, Smathers & Tang. Copyright University of Michigan 2009. Used with permission.
  • Sample Student Interview Questions - 4/20/16
    "Meeting the Needs of Students with Limited or Interrupted Schooling" by DeCapua, Smathers & Tang. Copyright University of Michigan 2009. Used with permission.
  • Sample Parent Interview Questions - 4/20/16
    "Meeting the Needs of Students with Limited or Interrupted Schooling" by DeCapua, Smathers & Tang. Copyright University of Michigan 2009. Used with permission.
  • Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education (SLIFE) Identification Guidance  - 2/23/16
    The purpose of the SLIFE identification guidance document is to help districts and charters identify SLIFE under the Minnesota statutory definition. The document also provides resources for districts and charters to utilize when identifying SLIFE in their schools.