Title III

Contact Information

Title III Program Manager
School Improvement Grant Program Manager
English Learners
Robin Holbrook
(307) 777-5217
English Learners (ELs) are those students in Wyoming schools whose primary language is other than English. English Learners enter Wyoming schools with a variety of language backgrounds, educational experiences and levels of English proficiency. Wyoming State educational agencies, local education agencies and schools are held accountable for increasing English proficiency and core academic content knowledge of English learners.

Title III of the No Child Left behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) is part of legislation enacted to ensure that English learners, including immigrant children and youth, develop English proficiency and meet the same academic content and academic achievement standards that other children are expected to meet. To meet NCLB Title III requirements, states are mandated to identify and annually administer a standards-based English language proficiency test to all English Learners (ELs) in grades K – 12. In order to comply with the NCLB requirement of an annual English Language Proficiency Assessment for ELs, Wyoming joined the WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment) consortium in 2009. The WIDA consortium’s goal is to provide research based assessments, standards, and professional development to its member states. WIDA provides Wyoming with a placement test called the W-APT (WIDA ACCESS Placement Test) as well as the annual English Language Proficiency Assessment for ELs ACCESS for ELLs (Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State). These assessments are based on WIDA’s five English Language Development (ELD) standards.

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For Parents of English Learners

The Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) works to ensure that students learning English, called English Learners (ELs), have equal rights and access to a high-quality education. WDE offers professional development and support opportunities for educators to learn about teaching students who are English Learners.

Eligibility for English Learner Services

Students are eligible for English Learner programs and services if:

  1. Parent(s) complete the student’s Home Language Survey (HLS)  listing a language other than English; and,
  2. Based on language tests, the student shows a need for English Learner services and instruction to gain skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing academic English, the language needed for success in school.

Home Language Survey (HLS)

A home language survey is completed for all students who enroll in a district.  The HLS is the first step in determining whether a student is eligible for English Learner programs and services.

Parent Notification of English Learner Services

When a student is first identified as an English Learner, parents must be notified of English Learner services available to the student.  Districts that receive Title III funding from the federal government are required to notify parents every year that their child receives English Learner services.  All parents have the option of declining English Learner services.

Federal Statutes and Guidance

Wyoming Guidance and Policy

WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment)


Wyoming English Language Development (ELD) Standards




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