Title III of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) was 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. Title III funds are allocated to the states from the United States Department of Education. The Title III Program Manager for the WDE assists the eligible districts in meeting the requirements of the law. Eligible districts are determined based on the number of English Learners and immigrant youth in each district.
Check out the US Department of Education’s website on Our Nation’s English Learners to learn more about who they are.
- Important Notice on Changes Related to ELs – April 26, 2017 (PDF)
- Q&A Session – Changes Concerning ELs (VIDEO)
- 2017-2018 Active EL Identification and Reporting Guidebook (PDF)
- FAQ for ELLs (DOCX)
- EL Program Type Definitions (PDF)
- EL Plan Basics Checklist (PDF)
- Sample Monitor Form (Elementary) (DOCX)
- Sample Monitor Form (Secondary) (DOCX)
For Parents of English Learners
The WDE works to ensure that students learning English, called English Learners, 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.
Students are eligible for English Learner programs and services if:
- Parent(s) complete the student’s Home Language Survey (HLS) listing a language other than English; and,
- 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.
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.
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.