What is Title III?
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. It is specifically targeted to benefit English Learner (EL) children and immigrant youth.School districts are expected to use Title III funding to create or further develop language instruction courses that help English Learner students meet academic standards. Districts who receive Title III funding are responsible for the yearly progress of their students with respect to the development of language proficiency as well as meeting their grade-level academic standards. EL students are measured against annual development objectives in order to receive funding. Districts are held accountable for the progress of EL and immigrant students through annual measurable achievement outcomes (AMAOs): the number of EL students making sufficient progress in English acquisition, attaining English proficiency and meeting Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). Funding is typically used towards language instruction programs; however, funding may be used for a variety of purposes, including alternative bilingual education programs and professional development for teachers. Funding is also allocated for teaching English to the parents and communities of EL children.