State of Alaska
English Learner Education & Title III-A

English Learner Education & Title III-A

This page provides information for all districts serving limited English proficient (LEP) students. It also provides resources for districts that receive federal Title III-A funding to support language instruction for Limited English Proficient students.

Language Instruction and Support for English Learners in all Alaska Districts

English learners (ELs) are persons who have a native or primary language or language of influence that is not English and who are learning the English language. Students who are English learners are also known as English language learners (ELLs), English as a second language (ESL), or as limited English proficient (LEP) students under current Alaska and federal regulations. To be identified as an LEP student, the student must meet all sections of the definition. Students identified as LEP in any Alaska school district qualify for English language development services and academic support. Federal and state statutes require all districts to identify limited English proficient students and provide equal access to a high quality education by providing resources and services to assist those students in meeting the same academic standards and content that all students are expected to meet. Alaska regulation 4 AAC 34.055 requires all Alaska districts with a school that is attended by at least 8 LEP students to file a Plan of Service for limited English proficient students with the department. LEP students must take the state English Language Proficiency assessment annually until the student meets the criteria to exit LEP status and services.

The following information and guidance documents are applicable to all Alaska school districts.

Title III-A English Language Acquisition

Title III, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) provides supplemental federal funds to districts that have a minimum number of identified LEP students to support English language acquisition and academic achievement of LEP students. Districts that receive funds under Title III-A are identified as Title III districts.

Bilingual Multicultural Equity/Education Conference (BMEEC)

The BMEEC conference supports sharing strategies and practices that increase the expertise of all educators in an environment of collegial exchange. At the core of our mission, we promote culturally responsive curricula and instruction, respectful of all students in our diverse state.

Information about the next BMEEC conference will be posted when it is scheduled. There are no dates set at this time.

Important Dates

No upcoming important dates.

Contact Information

Helpful Links and Resources for Educators

WIDA Bulletins on key topics such as Culturally Linguistically Responsive RTI Approaches, Focus on American Indian English Language Learners, Early Years and Dual Language Programs, Language Growth, Formative Assessment, and more can be found at : Educator Resources from WIDA

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

  1. Identifying All English Learner Students - pdf (1.5MB)
  2. Providing English Learners with a Language Assistance Program - pdf (800KB)
  3. Staffing and Supporting an EL Program - pdf (921KB)
  4. Meaningful Access to Core Curricular, Extra Curricular Programs - pdf (1.75MB)
  5. Creating an Inclusive Environment and Avoiding Unnecessary Segregation - pdf (910KB)
  6. Addressing English Learners with Disabilities - pdf (1.27MB)
  7. Serving English Learners who Opt-Out of EL Programs - pdf (386KB)
  8. Monitoring and Exiting English Learners from EL Programs and Services - pdf (1.23MB)
  9. Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Districts EL Program - pdf (907KB)
  10. Ensuring Meaningful Communication with Limited English Proficient Parents - pdf (1.26MB)

For more information and to download the entire toolkit, please visit the U.S. Department of Education webpage at: