Title III focuses on helping English Language Learners (ELLs) achieve English proficiency –as a means to academic achievement.

Title III funding is annually awarded to states, according to the number of ELLs and is not competitive.

Title III prohibits supplanting state, local, and other federal funds (including Title I).

Uses of Title III Funds

The overall goal of the Title III program is to ensure that students with limited proficiency in English learn the language and master the challenging State academic content standards. In general, Title III funds must be used in pursuit of this goal.

Districts must use Title III funds for two required activities:

  • High-quality language instruction educational programs; and
  • Sustained professional development activities to teachers of ELLs and other educational personnel supporting the education of ELLs.

Title III funds must:

  • Support activities that meet the intent and purposes of Title III, i.e., improve the teaching and learning of ELLs so they can learn English and acquire the knowledge and skills needed to meet the State's academic achievement standards.
  • Be consistent with Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-87, which requires that activities funded by Title III be necessary and reasonable to the program's success and not prohibited by State or local laws, regulations, or policies.

Title III Supplement, not Supplant Requirement

  • Title III funds must be used to supplement the level of Federal, State, and local funds that, in the absence of Title III funds, would have been expended for programs for ELLs and immigrant children and youth.