ESOL & Title III, Part A

ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages)

is a state-funded language instructional program for eligible English Learners (ELs) in grades K-12 in Georgia public schools (Georgia School Law Code 1981, § 20-2-156, enacted in 1985). The ESOL language instruction program is focused on developing EL students' academic English proficiency in each content area of the Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE). The WIDA Consortium English Language Development (ELD) standards aligned with the GSE guide the work of ESOL teachers. Differentiated instructional practices, both in ESOL and general education classes, ensure that the language development needs of Georgia's EL students are met.

For more information about the ESOL Program, visit
 Georgia Department of Education

Title III, Part A

Title III, Part A: Language Instruction for English Learners and Immigrant Students of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 as Amended under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) P.L. 115-141, enacted March 23, 2018, awards subgrants to eligible Local Education Agencies (LEA) "to help ensure the English learners (ELs), including immigrant children and youth, attain English proficiency and develop high levels of acdemic achievement in English." [Sec. 3102 910] Title III funding supplements the state-funded ESOL program that is already in place.

For more information about the Title III-A Program, visit
 Georgia Department of Education

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.




George Bullock
Coordinator, Federal Programs