Johnny Key

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Title III

 
The purposes of the Title III program are:
  1. (1) to help ensure that children who are limited English proficient, including immigrant children and youth, attain English proficiency, develop high levels of academic attainment in English, and meet the same challenging State academic content and student academic achievement standards as all children are expected to meet;
  2. (2) to assist all limited English proficient children, including immigrant children and youth, to achieve at high levels in the core academic subjects so that those children can meet the same challenging State academic content and student academic achievement standards as all children are expected to meet, consistent with section 1111(b)(1);
  3. (3) to develop high-quality language instruction educational programs designed to assist State educational agencies, local educational agencies, and schools in teaching limited English proficient children and serving immigrant children and youth;
  4. (4) to assist State educational agencies and local educational agencies to develop and enhance their capacity to provide high-quality instructional programs designed to prepare limited English proficient children, including immigrant children and youth, to enter all-English instruction settings;
  5. (5) to assist State educational agencies, local educational agencies, and schools to build their capacity to establish, implement, and sustain language instruction educational programs and programs of English language development for limited English proficient children;
  6. (6) to promote parental and community participation in language instruction educational programs for the parents and communities of limited English proficient children;
  7. (7) to streamline language instruction educational programs into a program carried out through formula grants to State educational agencies and local educational agencies to help limited English proficient children, including immigrant children and youth, develop proficiency in English, while meeting challenging State academic content and student academic achievement standards;
  8. (8) to hold State educational agencies, local educational agencies, and schools accountable for increases in English proficiency and core academic content knowledge of limited English proficient children by requiring — (A) demonstrated improvements in the English proficiency of limited English proficient children each fiscal year; and(B) adequate yearly progress for limited English proficient children, including immigrant children and youth, as described in section 1111(b)(2)(B); and 9) to provide State educational agencies and local educational agencies with the flexibility to implement language instruction educational programs, based on scientifically based research on teaching limited English proficient children, that the agencies believe to be the most effective for teaching English.

Title III AMAO Waiver Request

The Arkansas State Department of Education (ADE) is providing this public notice to solicit comments from local educational agencies (LEAs) and the public regarding a waiver request of the requirements in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), Section 3122(a)(3)(A)(iii) for the 2015-2016 school year. The Arkansas Department of Education requests this waiver to permit affected LEAs receiving Title III subgrants to continue the same Title III interventions in 2015–2016 that were implemented in 2014–2015. This waiver will apply to all LEAs that do not meet the annual measurable objectives (AMOs) component of AMAO 3 for the 2014−2015 school year due to the transition to new assessments in reading and mathematics that are aligned to college and career ready standards administered in the spring of 2015.

Specifically, Arkansas Department of Education will apply this waiver for 2014–2015 as follows:

  • If an LEA meets AMAO 1, AMAO 2, participation rate, graduation rate, and the other academic indicator in elementary and middle schools in 2014−2015, but misses the AMO component of AMAO 3, it maintains its status and continues the sanctions from the 2014–2015 school year in 2015−2016.  This would mean that if an LEA missed an AMAO in 2013–2014 for the first time and misses an AMAO again in 2015–2016, it would have missed AMAOs for two consecutive years. 

 

Comments received will be forwarded to the U. S. Department of Education. ADE will accept comments between Wednesday, November 18, 2015, and Tuesday, November 24, 2015, via electronic submission. 

Please submit your comments electronically to Miguel.hernandez@arkansas.gov.

 

For more information, please contact:

Miquel Hernandez, Public School Program Coordinator  
Arkansas Department of Education
Public School Accountability 
Four Capitol Mall, Mail Slot #26 
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-682-6620
Fax: 501-682-5136
Email: Miguel.Hernandez@arkansas.gov

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