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.
- 2019-20 Active EL Identification and Reporting Guidebook (PDF) – August 15, 2019
- Supplement, Not Supplant Guidance Document (PDF)
- Minimum Components of an EL District Plan Revised June 2019 (PDF)
- Title III Session FAQs – STAR 2018 (PDF)
- Creating an EL Plan For Your District Session FAQs – STAR 2018 (PDF)
- Important Notice on Changes Related to ELs – April 26, 2017 (PDF)
- Q&A Session – Changes Concerning ELs (VIDEO)
- FAQ for ELLs (DOCX)
- EL Program Type Definitions (PDF)
- Sample Monitor Form (Elementary) (DOCX)
- Sample Monitor Form (Secondary) (DOCX)
- EL Quarterly Webinar Presentation Slides – English Learners – September 17, 2019
- EL Quarterly Webinar Presentation Slides -Title III – September 17, 2019
- EL Quarterly Webinar Presentation Slides – June 13, 2019
- EL Quarterly Webinar Presentation Slides – February 27, 2019
- Supporting Our English Learners-September 27, 2018
- Creating an English Learner Guidebook – March 6, 2018
- Questions and Answers – March 6, 2018
- Creating an IEL Plan for Your Student – May 23, 2018
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.