Title III - ESOL
ESOL is a state-funded instructional program for eligible English Learners (ELs) in grades K-12. The ESOL program is a standards-based curriculum emphasizing academic and social language development. ESOL coursework is based upon the WIDA Consortium English Language Development (ELD) standards. Classroom teachers integrate these ELD standards with the Georgia content area standards to enable ELs to both communicate in English and demonstrate their academic, social, and cultural proficiency.
Title III is a federally-funded program that provides eligible Local Education Agencies with funding to supplement those ESOL services already in place. Both ESOL and Title III hold students accountable for progress in, and attainment of, English language proficiency. Upon attainment of English language proficiency, students exit from supplemental language services.
Eligibility for Language Support Services
The Georgia Department of Education provides the criteria to determine eligibility for language support services. This criteria includes the student's native, home, and first language as one other than English. Additionally, students who have difficulty listening, speaking, reading, writing or understanding the English language to the extent that their language skills are a barrier to their success in a regular classroom will be eligible for language services.
Dawson County ESOL Program Procedures Handbook 15-16