Learning Assistance Program (LAP)
LAP is a state-funded program serving K-12 students who score below grade level standard in English language arts (ELA) and/or mathematics. These supplemental services focus on increasing academic growth, with the intent of sustaining this growth in the classroom.
K-4 students who are struggling in reading or reading readiness skills receive supplemental instruction and services to improve reading literacy. SPS also provides graduation assistance for students in grades 11 and 12 who are at risk of not meeting state and local graduation requirements.
Districts are required to submit entrance and exit performance data, academic growth, and the specific practices, activities, and programs used by each building that receives LAP funding.
Schools that receive LAP funds follow these best practices:
- Community-based partnerships to reduce barriers to learning
- Consultant teachers (including instructional coaches)
- Credit retrieval for 11th & 12th grade
- Extended learning time
- Family engagement and outreach for LAP eligible students
- Individual or small group instruction
- Language development for ELL
- Mentoring services
- Online curriculum and instructional support (credit retrieval)
- Professional development
- Supplemental instruction (including Summer School)
- Transition Services (Grade 8 through Grade 9)
- Transition Services (Kindergarten)
- Tutoring support
Some schools also generate a high poverty-based LAP allocation and must expend funds in accordance with allowable activities and practices that align with state laws regarding LAP.