New Jersey Department of Education

Title III Part A of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) provides funds to help English learners, including immigrant children and youth, succeed in school by assisting them in becoming fluent in English and meeting challenging state academic content and student academic achievement standards.


The priorities of Title III are to:

  • Increase the English language proficiency of English learners (ELs) by providing effective language instruction educational programs that meet the needs of ELs and increase English language proficiency and student academic achievement
  • Provide effective professional development designed to improve the instruction and assessment of ELs, to enhance the ability of teachers and school leaders to understand and implement curricula and assessment practices and measures, and to increase children's English language proficiency or substantially increase the subject matter knowledge, teaching knowledge, and teaching skills of teachers
  • Provide and implement other effective activities and strategies that enhance or supplement language instruction educational programs for ELs which shall include parent, family, and community engagement activities

New Jersey Requirements

New Jersey Administrative Code (N.J.A.C.) 6A:15 Bilingual Education mandates Bilingual Education and English as a Second Language (ESL) programs. In compliance with the ESSA school districts must provide high-quality language instruction educational programs that enable students to meet state academic standards and develop English language proficiency.

The New Jersey Department of Education supports school districts and families through technical assistance, professional development, monitoring, guidance, and online resources.

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