(From the Kentucky Department of Education)
Title III of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), is officially known as the Language Instruction for English Learner and Immigrant Students Act. Title III is part of legislation enacted to ensure English learners, including immigrant children and youth, develop English proficiency and meet the same academic content and achievement standards that other children are expected to meet. The information contained on this website is based on the federal and state regulations and the Office of Civil Rights program requirements for the education of English learners and immigrant children and youth.
English Learner and Immigrant Students
English learners (ELs) are those students whose primary language is a language other than English. ELs enter Kentucky schools with a variety of language backgrounds, educational experiences, and levels of English proficiency.
Immigrant students are those students who were not born in any U.S. state and have not been attending one or more schools in any one or more U.S. states for more than 3 full academic years. An immigrant student may or may not be an EL student. Whether or not an immigrant student is an EL, activities should be provided to enhance instructional opportunities for them to be successful in classrooms in the United States, as required by ESSA. See the Immigrant ESSA Regulations document for more information.
English Language Proficiency Standards
ESSA 1111(b)(1)(F) requires each state adopt English language proficiency (ELP) standards. Kentucky uses the WIDA English Language Development (ELD) Standards to meet this requirement. These standards, updated in 2012, represent the social, instructional, and academic language students use in school. The WIDA ELD Standards will act as a companion document to the Kentucky Academic Standards in guiding instruction for Kentucky's EL students.
Kentucky Title III Program
The Kentucky Title III Program provides support to districts as they work with their ELs and immigrant students to:
- Choose an educational approach;
- Identify and assess the students;
- Provide an evidence-based program of services;
- Provide staffing and resources;
- Implement state criteria for transitioning students from services; and
- Maintain accurate data and reporting in order to:
- Monitor transitioned students
- Periodically evaluate and revise their program
- Receive funding allocations.
To meet Title III requirements, Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), states are mandated to identify and annually administer a standards-based English language proficiency test to all English Language Learners (ELLs) in grades K-12.
In order to comply with the requirement of an annual English Language Proficiency Assessment for ELLs, Kentucky joined the World-class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) Consortium in 2006. The WIDA Consortium’s goal is to provide research based assessments, standards and professional development to its member states.
WIDA provides Kentucky with a placement test called the Kindergarten WIDA ACCESS Placement Test (K W-APT), WIDA Online Screener (Grades 1-12), as well as the annual English Proficiency Assessment of ACCESS (Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State) for ELLs (online assessment).
ACCESS for ELLs
This is an English language assessment tied to the state’s language proficiency standards with varying stages of second language acquisition. It contains social and academic language contexts. For Title I accountability, ACCESS for ELLs measures annual gains in English language proficiency.
Alternate ACCESS for ELLS®
Alternate ACCESS for ELLs® is an individually administered paper and pencil test. It is available in four grade level clusters: Grades 1-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. There is not a Kindergarten form. The test allows students to demonstrate their English language proficiency in all four language domains (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) and in four of the five ELP standards (social and instructional language, and the language of language arts, mathematics and science).
Alternate ACCESS for ELLs® is designed for ELLs with significant cognitive disabilities. A student with significant cognitive disabilities is identified as having one or more of the existing categories of disabilities under IDEA (e.g., intellectual disabilities, autism, traumatic brain injury, multiple disabilities, etc); and their cognitive impairments may prevent them from attaining grade level achievement standards, even with the best instruction. (adapted from U.S. Department of Education: Alternate Achievement Standards of Students with the Most Significant Cognitive Disabilities Non Regulatory Guidance, August 2005).
In order to receive meaningful information from the test, it is very important that only students who meet all 3 criteria below participate in the assessment. Other ELs should continue to take the existing ACCESS for ELLs® assessment, with appropriate accommodations as necessary. Participation has to be decided by the student's IEP team.
- The student has been classified as EL.
- The student has a significant cognitive disability and is eligible for special education services under IDEA.
- The student is in an alternate curriculum aligned with their state's academic standards and is participating in the state's alternate accountability assessment
Kindergarten WIDA ACCESS Placement Test (K W-APT) and WIDA Online Screener (Grades 1-12)
K W-APT and WIDA Online Screener are based upon the ACCESS for ELLs. Its purposes are for the following:
- To identify students who may be candidates for English as a Second Language (ESL) and/or bilingual services.
- To determine the academic English language proficiency levels of students new to a school or to the U.S school system in order to determine appropriate levels and amount of instructional services.
- To accurately assign students identified as ELLs to one of the tiers for ACCESS for ELLs.
The K-W-APT test forms and administration manuals are located on the WIDA website. Districts must enter their ACCESS username and password to view and print the files.
Translations of any documents will be made available upon request to Magoffin County Schools by calling 606-349-6117