Learning Assistance Program (LAP)

What is the Learning Assistance Program (LAP)?
LAP programs serve eligible students who need intensive academic support for reading, writing and math, or the readiness to learn these core subjects. With special emphasis on the early grades, schools use their state LAP funds to design programs that give these students the strong start they need for academic success. 

Changes to LAP Legislation
During the 2013-2014 school year, the state legislature made substantial changes to the law that created the Learning Assistance Program. These modifications mean that districts will follow new requirements that impact the application process, administration and programming.  Under the new rules, districts could use 13-14 as a “transitional year” in which to maintain previously approved approaches while making the transition to uses outlined for 14-15 (and beyond). For more information on these changes you can access these OSPI links:

 There are also new requirements in the LAP legislation related to the use of data. In Section 201 (RCW 28A.165.005), the new statute directs districts to use assessment data for these three specific applications:

  1. Help students who struggle academically and to reduce disruptive behaviors.
  2. Guide the choice of effective and efficient practices for supplemental instruction.
  3. Guide the choice of services they will use to help underachieving students and reduce disruptive behaviors.

For more information, go to the OSPI web link: 


Which Schools in Lynden School District Receive LAP funds?
For the 2014-2015 school year, the majority of LAP funds go to Isom Elementary and Lynden High School. These funds are used to provide services that align with identified needs of specific students struggling to meet state standards. At LHS, the LAP funds are used during the school year in grades 11 and 12 to provide learning opportunities for students at risk of not graduating. LAP funds are also provided to support 11th and 12th grade students to take “credit retrieval” coursework in the summer months.

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