Title III: Language Instruction for LEP and Immigrant Students

Title III provides over $730 million in funds intended to help schools supplement their language instruction programs so students can gain proficiency in speaking, listening to, reading, and writing English.

  • Overview
  • English Learning Programs


Distribution: States distribute funding to school districts based on the number of English learners (ELs) they serve. 80% of the Title III allocation is based on the number of EL students served and up to 15% is based on upon the number of immigrant students.

Use of Funds: Districts use Title III funds to provide supplemental services that improve the English language proficiency and academic achievement of ELs, as well as professional development to increase the knowledge and skills of teachers who serve ELs.

Title III Dept of Education website

English Learning Programs

Engaging English Learners Across Subgroups






Long-term ELs

ELs with disabilities


The SIOP® Model Professional Development All Help general classroom teachers integrate academic language development into lessons to increase EL proficiency and subject matter knowledge. Start with 3 days of professional development       Research studies on SIOP® prove its effectiveness in real-world classroom settings at all grade levels. Teachers trained in using the SIOP® Model have been shown to significantly improve scores on language tests versus teachers who had no training
Small Group
iLit Literacy and ELL Solutions 4 and up Help EL students move up English Language Development levels through extensive leveled scaffolding. 45 minutes of whole class intervention       iLit ELL is proven to help students gain two or more years of reading growth in a single year.
Words Their Way Classroom K-5 Provide a research-based, developmental approach to phonics, spelling, and vocabulary instruction. 15-20 minutes of small group intervention       After just one year of implementation, students show statistically significant gains in ability to discriminate sounds; recognize letters, basic words, and phonemegrapheme relationships; and spelling.
SuccessMaker PreK-8 Close the Reading and Math achievement gap between EL and non-EL students. 15-20 minutes of personalized learning       Multiple randomized control trials show ELs and students with disabilities using SuccessMaker® outperform peers using a competitor product.