Dallas County Schools
429 Lauderdale St.
Selma, AL 36701
Title III: English Learners Program
If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn."
-- Ignacio Estrada
Title III – Language Instruction for Limited English Proficient and Immigrant Students
The purpose of Title III is to ensure and assist children who are limited English proficient, including immigrant children, to attain English proficiency and to achieve at high levels in core academic subjects in order to meet the challenging State academic content standards and academic achievement standards as all children. Additionally, Title III seeks to develop high quality, sustainable language instruction
education programs for limited English proficient and immigrant students in order for these students to enter an all-English instruction setting. Title III also seeks to promote
STATE DEFINITION OF LIMITED-ENGLISH PROFICIENT
The state definition of limited-English proficient (LEP) is taken from the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, S. 9101, 25, of Title IX:
The term limited English proficient', when used with respect to an individual, means an individual — (A) who is aged 3 through 21;
(B) who is enrolled or preparing to enroll in an elementary school or secondary school;
(C)(i) who was not born in the United States or whose native language is a language other than English;
(ii)(I) who is a Native American or Alaska Native, or a native resident of the outlying areas; and
(II) who comes from an environment where a language other than English has had a significant impact on the
individual's level of English language proficiency; or
(iii) who 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
(D) whose difficulties in speaking, reading, writing, or understanding the English language may be sufficient to
deny the individual — (i) the ability to meet the State's proficient level of achievement on State assessments described in section
(ii) the ability to successfully achieve in classrooms where the language of instruction is English; or
(iii) the opportunity to participate fully in society.