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Title III

Title III of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act provides federal financial support to state and local educational agencies (LEAs) for English Learners (ELs) and immigrant students. The purpose of Title III is to ensure these students attain English proficiency and meet the same achievement standards other students are expected to meet.


NCLB includes targets for ELs called Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives (AMAOs). Specifically, each year a certain percentage of ELs are expected to...

  • increase one level of English proficiency (AMAO 1)

  • attain English proficiency (AMAO 2)

  • meet English language arts and mathematics grade level standards (AMAO 3)

LEAs that do not meet one or more of the target AMAOs for two or more years in a row are in Title III. OCDE offers technical assistance and customized support to Orange County districts that are in Title III. 

AMAO Goals 2015-16

Using your score results from assessments given in 2014-15 school year, districts must meet the following goals:

AMAO 1 Goal: 62% of ELs must make annual progress in learning English.
AMOA 2 Goal: 25.5% of students who have been in US schools for less than 5 years must attain English proficient level AND 52.8% of students who have been in US schools for 5 years or more must attain English proficient level.

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Resources for writing your Title III Plan

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Technical Assistance Workshops 

The Title III Technical Assistance Workshop will provide participants with information on the following:

  • Review activities and documents required to submit to CDE
  • Identify role and responsibilities of the LEAs and regional county leads
  • Requirements for Title III-funded districts, consortia, and charters that have not met the AMAOs for two consecutive years.
  • Requirements for Title III-funded districts, consortia, and charters that have not met the AMAOs for four consecutive years.
  • Needs Assessment
  • Title III Goals
  • English Learner Subgroup Self-Assessment (ELSSA) and other resources
  • Title III Plan Deadlines
  • Title III Assurance
  • California Accountability and Improvement System (CAIS)  


The next Title III Technical Assistance Workshop will be held:


DATE:                  Contact Diane Erhle ( or 714-966-4391)

LOCATION:         Orange County Department of Education

                            200 Kalmus Drive
                            Building D, Room 1004/5
                            Costa Mesa, CA 92626
TIME:                   TBD
REGISTER:          TBD   
AUDIENCE:          All Title II District Leads and all Orange County Local Educational Agencies are welcome.
PRESENTERS:     OCDE Services for English Learners TBD

For more information about Title III, see the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Title III page of the U.S. Department of Education, the California Department of Education's Title III page, or contact Diane Ehrle, Services for English Learners Coordinator: or 714-966-4391.