Language Instruction for English Learners and Immigrant Students, Title III, Part A
In the last several decades, English Learners (ELs) have been among the fastest-growing populations in our Nation’s schools. The purpose of Title III, Part A is to:
- help ensure that children who are English learners, including immigrant children and youth, attain English proficiency and develop high levels of academic achievement in English;
- assist all English Learners, including immigrant children and youth, to achieve at high levels in academic subjects so that all English learners can meet the same challenging State academic standards that all children are expected to meet;
- assist teachers, principals and other school leaders, State educational agencies and local educational agencies, and schools in establishing, implementing, and sustaining effective language instruction for educational programs designed to assist in teaching English learners, including immigrant children and youth;
- assist teachers, principals and other school leaders, State educational agencies, local educational agencies to develop and enhance their capacity to provide effective instructional programs designed to prepare English learners, including immigrant children and youth, to enter all-English instructional settings; and
- promote parental, family and community participation in language instruction educational programs for the parents, families and communities of English learners.
This page provides information for all districts serving English Learners in the State of Alaska. It also provides resources for districts that receive Federal Title III, Part A funding to support language instruction for English learners and Immigrant students.
Key ESSA Resources, Guidance, and Regulatory Information
- Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
- ESSA Dear Colleague Letter (January 28, 2016)
- Dear Colleague Letter on the Transition to ESSA (December 18, 2015)
- Title III-A (pdf)
- Non-Regulatory Guidance
- Non-Regulatory Guidance Webinar
Alaska’s Title III, Part A Program for English Learners & Immigrant Students
The following information and guidance documents are applicable to Alaska school districts.
Alaska's English Language Proficiency (ELP) Assessment
No upcoming important dates.
- Title III Program Manager
- Kelsey Smiley: (907) 465-8679
- Can Do Descriptors
- Educator Resources
- English Language Development (ELD) Standards
- Online Professional Learning
English Learner Toolkit
NEW in 2015 the USDOE Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) produced the English Learner Tool Kit, designed to provide key up-to-date research, information and resources to education agencies to fulfill obligations to help English Learners (ELs) succeed in school by removing language barriers to education. The Toolkit has 10 chapters and contains an overview, sample tools, and newly developed resources.
- Introduction to English Learner Toolkit
- Identifying All English Learner Students (1.5MB
- Providing English Learners with a Language Assistance Program (800KB)
- Staffing and Supporting an EL Program (921KB)
- Meaningful Access to Core Curricular, Extra Curricular Programs (1.75MB)
- Creating an Inclusive Environment and Avoiding Unnecessary Segregation (910KB)
- Addressing English Learners with Disabilities (1.27MB)
- Serving English Learners who Opt-Out of EL Programs (386KB)
- Monitoring and Exiting English Learners from EL Programs and Services (1.23MB)
- Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Districts EL Program (907KB)
- Ensuring Meaningful Communication with Limited English Proficient Parents (1.26MB)
For more information and to download the entire toolkit, please visit the U.S. Department of Education webpage at:
U.S. Department of Education English Learner Toolkit