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Title III English Learner Education

The purpose of Title III is to help ensure that English learners (ELs) attain English language proficiency and meet state academic standards.

Definition

According to ESSA, an EL is an individual who

  1. is aged 3 through 21;
  2. is enrolled or preparing to enroll in an elementary school or secondary school;
  3. meets one of the following criteria—
    1. was not born in the United States, or whose native language is a language other than English;
    2. is a Native American or Alaska Native, or a native resident of the outlying areas; and comes from an environment where a language other than English has had a significant impact on the individual's level of English language proficiency (ELP); or
    3. is migratory, whose native language is a language other than English, and who comes from an environment where a language other than English is dominant—and
    4. has difficulties in speaking, reading, writing, or understanding the English language, that may be sufficient to deny the individual
      1. the ability to meet the challenging state academic standards;
      2. the ability to successfully achieve in classrooms where the language of instruction is English; or
      3. the opportunity to participate fully in society.

Registration and Identification

Support Patterns and Time Requirement

Elementary Schools

Support Pattern #1

Entering (1), Emerging (2), Developing (3), Expanding (4): Student is placed in an ESL endorsed teacher’s class all day. During class, the teacher targets English language development (ELD) during language arts and academic language during other content areas using SIOP strategies.

Support Pattern #2

Support Pattern #2: Entering (1), Emerging (2), Developing (3), Expanding (4): Student is placed with a homeroom teacher who is not ESL endorsed and rotates to an ESL endorsed teacher for the required amount of time for English language development (ELD). Homeroom teacher also works on academic language during other content areas.

Amount of Time Required for English Language Development with an ESL Endorsed Teacher

Grade K, Level 1: 40-60 minutes
Grade K, Levels 2-4: 20-30 minutes
Grades 1-6, Level 1: 80-120 minutes
Grades 1-6, Levels 2-4: 40-60 minutes

Secondary Schools

Support Pattern #1

Entering (1), Emerging (2), Developing (3), Expanding (4): Student is placed with a language arts teacher who is ESL endorsed and who targets skills specific to English language development. Student is also placed, where possible, with ESL endorsed content area teachers to develop academic language skills using SIOP strategies.

Support Pattern #2

Entering (1), Emerging (2), Developing (3), Expanding (4): Student is placed with a language arts teacher who is not ESL endorsed. Student is also placed in an ESL Language Development class taught by an ESL endorsed teacher to work on targeted language development skills. Student is also placed, where possible, with ESL endorsed content area teachers to develop academic language skills.

Amount of Time Required for English Language Development with an ESL Endorsed Teacher

Grades 7-12, Level 1: 80-120 minutes
Grades 7-12, Levels 2-4: 40-60 minutes

Assessment

WIDA

Screener: W-APT (WIDA ACCESS Placement Test) - This test is given when students are first identified based on answers to the questions in the Home Language Survey. Upon completion and scoring, a report is sent to the parents and the teachers of the students.

Annual Testing: ACCESS for ELLS (Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners) Summative Assessment

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Parent Handout - English, Spanish, additional languages

Parent Guide for ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Score ReportEnglish, Spanish, additional languages

State

2016-2017 Utah State Office of Education Assessment Participation and Accommodation Policy

District

Jordan School District - Evaluation, Research and Accountability

Contact

Deborah Brey 801-567-8306 Teacher Specialist - Professional Development and ESL Endorsement
Krista Mecham 801-567-8321 Teacher Specialist - Copper Hills HS, Herriman HS and Riverton HS Feeder Systems
Sheri Sample 801-567-8307  Teacher Specialist - Bingham HS and West Jordan HS Feeder Systems