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English Language Learners

Title III

Guidance on Programming for ELLs

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Guidance on Identification, Assessment, Placement, and Reclassification of English Language Learners

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

The ESSA, signed into law on December 10, 2015, reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965. The ESSA replaces the previous version of the ESEA known as "No Child Left Behind (NCLB)". Please find the latest information regarding the ESSA below, and visit U.S. Department of Education: Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) for further information and most current updates as they become available. Also visit the DESE's ESSA webpage for further information about Massachusetts and ESSA.

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Every Student Succeeds Act
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ESSA Frequently Asked Questions - February 26, 2016

Title III of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

The purpose of this federal grant program is to provide funds to improve the education of English learners, including immigrant children and youth, by assisting the children and youth to learn English and meet challenging state academic content and student academic achievement standards.

Priorities are to:

  • Increase the English language proficiency of English learners (ELs) by providing effective language instruction educational programs that meet the needs of ELs and increase English language proficiency and student academic achievement
  • Provide effective professional development designed to improve the instruction and assessment of ELs, to enhance the ability of teachers and school leaders to understand and implement curricula and assessment practices and measures, and to increase children's English language proficiency or substantially increase the subject matter knowledge, teaching knowledge, and teaching skills of teachers
  • Provide and implement other effective activities and strategies that enhance or supplement language instruction educational programs for ELs which shall include parent, family, and community engagement activities

All Title III funds must be used so as to supplement the level of local, state, and federal funds that, in the absence of Title III funds, would otherwise be expended for programs for English learners and immigrant children and youth, and in no case supplant such federal, state, and local funds.

Title III Federal Guidance

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Title III, Part A
English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement
Equitable Services to Private School Students, Teachers, and Other Educational Personnel
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Resource Guide: Accountability for English Learners under the ESEA
Non-Regulatory Guidance
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Non-Regulatory Guidance: English Learners and Title III of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
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Non-Regulatory Guidance
Early Learning in the Every Student Succeeds Act
Expanding Opportunities to Support our Youngest Learners
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Non-Regulatory Guidance: Fiscal Changes and Equitable Services Requirements under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as Amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
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Supplement Not Supplant Provision of Title III of the ESEA

Title III Reporting Elements, ESSA Section 3121(a)

Under ESSA, Title III districts are required to report elements for measuring program improvement. The Department currently provides districts with certain such measures as previously required under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). The former Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives (AMAOs) are provided to districts currently, and additional reporting elements will be provided in future years. View current district AMAO reports as well as reports for the last several years.

TITLE III Resources Massachusetts

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FY18 Title III Private School Affirmation of Consultation Form
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FY18 Participating Private Schools Affirmation and Consultation Form
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Title III Accountability Plan SY 2013-2014
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Title III Accountability Plan Guide School Year 2013-2014
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Title III Funds and Consortia Applicant Information - School Year 2017-18
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Guidance to Consortia Formed for Title III Subgrant Purposes - School Year 2017-18


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