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
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: