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Title III Supplemental Program

Title III, Language Instruction for English Learners and Immigrant Students, Part A provides supplemental funds to LEAs to improve the education of EL and immigrant children and youth, by assisting the children to learn English and meet challenging state academic content and student academic achievement standards. These funds may be used to supplement a wide array of educational services. The funds support activities that assist EL students in developing English language proficiency in comprehension, listening, speaking, reading and writing, and in meeting the same challenging state academic content and student academic achievement standards as all children are expected to meet. To apply for Title III Funding, LEAs must complete the Consolidated Application, which is available through PDE's Division of Federal Programs.

Title III allocations are posted annually by the Division of Federal Programs.

Title III compliance is monitored according to the Division of Federal Programs monitoring cycle.

For more information on Tittle III funding, please refer to the ESL PortalPA where you will find several recorded presentations on Title III requirements.

Title III Accountability

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) removed the separate accountability measures for ELs that were contained under Title III under the previous legislation (No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act). Accountability for ELs is now required under Title I and is defined in the PA state accountability plan.

Title III Nonpublic Participation

Title III requires all public school districts receiving funds under Title III Language Instruction for ELs and Immigrant Children and Youth (ICY) to provide equitable educational services to EL and immigrant students and to educational personnel in private schools that are located in the geographic area served by the LEA. The Title III allocations include funding for the number of nonpublic students that the district includes in its EL and ICY student counts. This funding must go towards servicing EL or ICY students or their teachers through professional development in the nonpublic schools. Discussion on how to provide services these children should take place during consultation with the nonpublic schools. Current guidance from the United States Department of Education (USDE) regarding statutory and regulatory requirements for Nonpublic school participation under Title III, Language Instruction for Limited English Proficient and Immigrant Students follows: