New Jersey Department of Education

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Title III and ELLs

The Title III/Bilingual/ESL Unit works with districts to ensure that English Language Learners (ELLs) and immigrant students are provided equitable educational opportunities to succeed academically in compliance with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This is achieved by providing high quality language instruction programs that enable students to meet both state academic standards and develop English language proficiency. The language instruction educational programs are intended to supplement the requirements of N.J.A.C. 6A:15 Bilingual Education which mandates Bilingual and English as a Second Language (ESL) programs.  The Title III/Bilingual/ESL Unit supports such programs through technical assistance, professional development, monitoring, guidance, and website resource.

ESSA contains a variety of program, fiscal, and accountability requirements for districts.  The documents and resources below provide guidance related to this federal legislation.

Civil Rights Policy

In 2015, the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education released a Dear Colleagues Letter outlining civil rights obligations for ELLs.  See below for additional information related to this topic.