No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Title III: Language Instruction for Limited English Proficient and Immigrant Students is a federal program that assists immigrant and limited English proficient (LEP) students in achieving grade-level and graduation standards, as well as acquiring the English language. The purpose of the Language Instruction for Limited English Proficient and Immigrant Students is to assist school districts in teaching English to limited English proficient students. Additionally, the Title III funds are to be used to supplement only.
WHAT IS MEANT BY "EQUITABLE" PARTICIPATION BY PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SCHOOL STUDENTS AND EDUCATIONAL PERSONNEL IN A TITLE III PROGRAM?
Participation is considered to be equitable if the LEA (1) assesses, addresses and evaluates the needs and progress of public and private school students and educational personnel on a comparable basis; (2) provides, in the aggregate, approximately the same amount of services to students and educational personnel; and (3) provides both groups of students and educational personnel equal opportunities to participate in program activities.
MUST AN LEA’S TITLE III PROGRAM DESIGN BE THE SAME FOR BOTH PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SCHOOL STUDENTS AND EDUCATIONAL PERSONNEL?
No. Consultation and coordination between LEA and private school officials are essential to ensure the highest quality program that meets the needs of the students being served and assists those students in attaining English proficiency and meeting the same challenging state academic content and student academic achievement standards as all children are expected to meet. The LEA must assess the needs of private school students and educational personnel in designing a program that meets their needs. If their needs are different from those of the 3 public school students and educational personnel, the LEA, in consultation with the private school officials, must develop a separate program design that is appropriate for their own needs.