Title III - ML

Title III is a part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA). The purpose of Title III is to help ensure that Multilingual Learners (MLs) attain English language proficiency and meet state academic standards.


All students at RLOA are important. We exist so that we can meet the needs of our students. Our ML population (296 students) is forty-five percent of our current school population. From those 296 students, 62 are pulled out of their classrooms to receive small group language support, 156 students receive push in support in their regular classrooms, and 78 students are monitored after scoring out of the English Language Proficiency assessment.


The RLOA's ML program serves students of different English proficiency levels, from Entering level to 4th year monitoring. Two ESOL certified teachers, one general education certified teacher, and three support personnel serve the school's ML population. Our program follows the five WIDA standards of social and instructional language, language of language arts, language of mathematics, language of science, and language of social studies. A curriculum that supports the five WIDA standards is delivered to students in the form of pull-out classes and classroom push-in support. The ESOL curriculum is based on scaffolding and supporting the English language development of each student so they can be successful in the academic content of their classes. There is a focus on vocabulary, language structure, literacy skills, learning strategies, and critical thinking. 


Students who meet the reclassification criteria on the annual English proficiency assessment ACCESS, are monitored for four years after meeting this criteria. To meet the reclassification criteria, students must score a minimum of 4.0 in each domain and score and have an overall score of 4.4.


New students are screened using the WIDA Screener language assessment of English unless ACCESS scores from the previous year/school are available. Each winter, students who have not previously met the reclassification criteria are tested in Speaking, Reading, Writing, and Listening.  


We support ML students:

  • So their English language proficiency improves
  • So they can be successful in the academic content of their classes
  • So that they can communicate with others
  • So they also learn about living in the United States
  • So they can achieve high standards
  • So they can develop the habits of successful graduates
  • So that they can get a high school diploma or equivalency
  • So they can go to college
  • So they have better opportunities at work
Multilingual Learners Department
Nohora Williams, Title III Coordinator & ML Teacher
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Bethanne Barner, ML Instructional Coach
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Kodwo Dowell, ML Teacher
Jennifer Schoenherr, ML Teacher 
Trish Fallon, ML Paraprofessional
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Lina Jaramillo, ML Paraprofessional
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