Title III: English Language Learners
Bixby Public Schools provides a program for Limited English Proficient/English Language Learners and Immigrant students to assist in learning English and to meet state academic content standards for PreK - 12th grade.
Limited English Proficient (LEP) = English Language Learners (ELL)
- Between the ages of 3 and 21
- Enrolled/preparing to enroll in elementary or secondary school
- Not born in the US or whose native langugage is not English
- From an environment where language other than English significantly impacts English language proficiency
- Has difficulty speaking, reading, writing, or understanding English sufficiently so that it denies the individual the:
- ability to meet the proficient level of achievement on state content assessments
- ability to successfully achieve in classrooms taught in English
- opportunity to participate fully in society
Title III of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act provides federal funds to implement supplemental instructional programs. These funds are used to provide language instruction programs for district ELL students in elementary and secondary grades. Funds are also used to provide professional development for teachers to effectively instruct English Language Learners.
Title III Requires Annual Assessment of English Language Proficiency
Title III requires an annual assessment of the English language proficiency of all ELL students in grades K-12 in the domains of listening, speaking, reading, writing, and comprehension. ELL students must be assessed on an annual basis to assess individual growth in each domain, using the ACCESS Test. When a student receives a level of Fluent English Proficient (FEP) the student no longer receives supplemental ELL services, but is monitored for two academic years to ensure continued academic progress.
Language Instruction Programs for English Language Learners
English Language Learners are offered a variety of language instruction educational programs. These services may be provided through a pullout model or an inclusion model. The ELL pullout model requires students to leave the general education classroom for varying periods of time per day or week. Pullout programs provide intensive English language acquisition instruction. The inclusion model is used to teach content knowledge in the general education classroom, with instruction from the general education teacher(s).
For questions regarding Title III-ELL services, please contact Bryan Frazier, Associate Superintendent, or Sherri McMillan, Executive Director of Elementary Curriculum & Instruction.
The following resources are from the WIDA website: http://www.wida.us/