The purpose of the Title III LEP Student Program is to ensure
that all limited-English proficient (LEP) students, referred to
as English learners in California, attain English proficiency,
develop high levels of academic attainment in English, and meet
the same challenging state academic standards as all other students.
To support this goal, the United States Department of Education allocates Title III funds to state educational agencies, such as the California Department of Education, to provide subgrants to eligible local educational agencies based on the number of LEP students enrolled.
All school districts, county offices of education, direct-funded charter schools, juvenile/hall court schools, and California Department of Youth Authority institutions that report the enrollment of one or more LEP students on the R30-Language Census are eligible to participate in the Title III LEP Program.
Funds must be used for the following supplementary services as part of the language instruction program for LEP students:
- English language development instruction
- Enhanced instruction in the core academic subjects
- High-quality professional development for teachers and other staff
In addition, Title III LEP student program funds may be used for:
- Upgrading program objectives and instructional strategies
- Identifying and improving curricula, materials, and assessments
- Providing tutorials for academic and/or vocational education
- Intensifying instruction
- Acquiring or developing of educational technology
- Coordinating language instruction programs with other programs and services
- Providing community participation programs, including family literacy and parent outreach
- Program administration, including any indirect costs (limited to 2 percent of subgrant)
- Other activities that are consistent with the purposes of the program