Title III English Language Instructional Program

The State Title III Language Instruction Education Program:

  • awards Title III formula subgrants through the Federal Programs Section to eligible school districts that choose to accept the money.
  •  provides EL resources and guidance for administrators, teachers and parents.

Title III is a federally-funded program that provides eligible Local Education Agencies with funding to supplement the LEAs core language acquisition program. School districts with large EL populations receive direct Title III allocations.  A district must earn an allocation of $10,000 by themselves or by joining a consortium.  Title III hold students accountable for progress in, and attainment of, English language proficiency. Upon attainment of English language proficiency, students exit from supplemental language services. 

Subpart 1 — Grants and Subgrants for English Language Acquisition andSubpart 1 — Grants and Subgrants for English Language Acquisition and Subpart 1 — Grants and Subgrants for English Language Acquisition and Language Enhancement: http://www2.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/esea02/pg41.html



The purpose of Title III is to ensure that limited English proficient (LEP) students, 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. Schools use these funds to implement language instruction educational programs designed to help LEP students achieve these standards. State educational agencies (SEAs), local educational agencies (LEAs), and schools are accountable for increasing the English proficiency and core academic content knowledge of LEP students.



Legislation, Regulation, and Guidance

Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended, Title III, Secs. 3111–3141; 20 U.S.C. 6821–6871.

Click on this link to access the online version of the ESEA: ESEA SEC. 3111-3141 FORMULA GRANTS TO STATES.


Final Interpretations

The notice of provides final interpretations of Title III assessment and accountability requirements

Find out more information on Final Interpretations that pertains to assessment and accountability provisions of Title III of the ESEA.


Supplement, not Supplant

Letter; Supplement, not Supplant


American Sign Language PDF (440K) January 13, 2011,

Immigrant Children and Youth Program download files PDF (49K)January 27, 2011.


Part I: Non-Regulatory Guidance on Implementation of Title III State Formula Grant Program .