English Learners

English Learners (EL) and English as a Second Language (ESL) Program

Published: 10/4/2018 4:52 PM

English Learners (ELs) are those students in Kentucky schools whose primary language is other than English. English Learners enter Kentucky schools with a variety of language backgrounds, educational experiences and levels of English proficiency.

Title III of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) is part of legislation enacted to ensure that English Learners , including immigrant children and youth, develop English proficiency and meet the same academic content and academic achievement standards that other children are expected to meet. The information contained on this website is based on the federal and state regulations and Office of Civil Rights program requirements for the education of English Learners and immigrant children and youth. The Kentucky Title III Program  provides support to districts as they work with their English Learners and Immigrant students to:

  • Choose an educational approach

  • Identify and assess the students

  • Provide a research-based program of services

  • Provide staffing and resources

  • Implement state criteria for transitioning students from services

  • Maintain accurate data and reporting in order to:

    • Monitor transitioned students

    • Periodically evaluate and revise their program

    • Receive funding allocations

Data Collection Reporting for Immigrant and English Learners (ELs) and Title III District Plans and Assurances

This page contains information related to the Immigrant and EL data collection, reporting and Title III Subgrant applications.  Included on this page are data standards documents, training recorded sessions, PowerPoint Presentations, reporting instructions and Title III application system links.      

Definition of English Learners and Immigrant Students

English Learners (ELs) come with diverse histories, traditions and varied educational experiences. The term English learner (EL) has been defined in theElementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Section 8101, the term English learners with disabilities (ELSWD) in ESEA section 32201, and Immigrant children and youth in ESEA Section 3201.

English Learners and Immigrant Resources

This page contains information and resources for Title III and English learner programs including professional development, WebEX and Video Professional Development and additional information on resources and standards.​        

​Neil Watts
Office of Continuous Improvement and Support
Division of Consolidated Plans and Audits
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-3791
Fax (502) 564-8149

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