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Under civil rights law, schools are obligated to ensure that English learners (ELs) have equal access to education. However, the Office of Civil Rights does not explicitly require a school corporation to use a specific intervention or program in order to serve their LEP students. However, the OCR has outlined the following procedures that school corporations should follow in order to ensure that their programs are serving LEP students:

–          Identify students who need assistance;

–          Develop a program which, in the view of experts in the field, has a reasonable chance for success;

–          Ensure that necessary staff, curricular materials, and facilities are in place and used properly;

–          Develop appropriate evaluation standards, including program exit criteria, for measuring the progress of students; and

–          Access the success of the program and modify it where needed

(Source: “The Provision of Equal Education Opportunity to Limited- English Proficient Students”, August…

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Title lll is known as English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement Act and is part of the No Child Left Behind Act. Schools and districts are expected to use the money received through Title lll to provide and develop services for LEP students. Title lll funding are responsible for yearly progress of students ( ).

Information for testing requirements in accordance with Title lll can be found on the KDE website at This web page explains the ACCESS test and the entrance exam (W-APT). It also has links for ACCESS and powerpoint trainings for ACCESS. It has a link that says trainings coming soon.

This web page describes Title lll and offers several links about assessment, data, district reports and coordinators

Our district, FCPS, has several places online that people can get information on ESL and Title III services. First, there is a tab on…

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Title III–Part A–Language Instruction for Limited English Proficient and Immigrant Students

“Part A of Title III is officially known as the English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement Act. Title III is a part of the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 proposed and signed into law by the George W. Bush Administration.” –Wikipedia

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What is Title III?

School systems and educators have a legal responsibility to provide for the needs of limited English proficient (LEP) children. They also have the educational responsibility of ensuring that every child can achieve the level of knowledge and skills they need to be productive citizens who participate in all areas of our society.”



by Teresa Moore – Monday, October 1, 2012, 08:33 PM
thanks to Teresa Moore:


LIMITED ENGLISH PROFICIENT —The term ‘limited English proficient’, when used with respect to an individual, means an individual—
(A) who is aged 3 through 21;

(B) who is enrolled or preparing to enroll in an elementary school or secondary school;

(C)(i) who was not born in the United States or whose native language is a language other than English;

(ii)(I) who is a Native American or Alaska Native, or a native resident of the outlying areas; and

(II) who comes from an environment where a language other than English has had a significant impact on the individual’s level of English language proficiency; or

(iii) who is migratory, whose native language is a language other than English, and who comes from an environment where a language other than English…

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Very important!


Kentucky Department of Education

As the 2007-08 school year begins, we would like to remind you of the following expected practices for identifying and servicing English language learners (ELLs), based on federal and state regulations:

• All new enrollees to the district are administered a Home Language Survey to screen for a language background other than English. A sample Home Language Survey can be found on the ELL web page*. Multilingual language surveys are available for free via
• If the answer to any of the four required Home Language Survey questions is any language other than English, students are considered to be from a non-English language background (NELB) and must be administered the WIDA ACCESS Placement Test or W-APT. The W-APT identification test is downloadable free to districts from a password protected site ELL Test Administrators should contact their District Assessment Coordinators (DACs) for password information.

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