The purpose of Title III, Part A is to increase the English proficiency of Limited English Proficient (LEP) children. English Learners that attend a private or parochial school within the Madison Metropolitan School District are first identified by taking the WIDA Screener Online or WIDA Remote Screener. Students that qualify for Title III, Part A services through this assessment then participate in the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 assessment which annually measures English Proficiency Levels. MMSD provides a highly qualified instructor to administer the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 at each qualifying private or parochial school. Teachers and schools that participate in Title III can also participate in professional learning and student consultation throughout the year to learn best practices for instructing English Learners.
Title IIIA ensures that children attain English language proficiency, develop high levels of academic attainment in English and meet the same challenging academic standards that all children are expected to meet. (Taken from https://dpi.wi.gov/english-learners/title-iii)
The Madison Metropolitan School District provides Title IIIA services to private schools in the form of: 1) professional development and coaching for private school staff regarding instructional best practices for teaching ELs and 2) monitoring/assessing of student English language development and proficiency.
The first step is for the potential English Learner to be screened using the WIDA Screener Online or WIDA Remote Screener. The screener results will indicate if the student is an English learner and qualifies for services. Parents/guardians then accept or refuse permission for the student to receive services.
The student will continue to be assessed annually to monitor English Language Development. The annual assessment (ACCESS for ELLs 2.0) is administered in the winter with results being shared in late spring. Teachers will use the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 results to plan instruction to meet the individual academic needs of ELs. Please contact your student's school if you have any questions.
WIDA's Can Do Descriptors
The WIDA Can Do Descriptors are commonly used by ESL teachers in coaching general education teachers about differentiated instruction for English language learners (ELLs). They can also be used to plan lessons or observe students' progress. (Taken from the WIDA website)
The Can Do Descriptors can also be distributed with ACCESS for ELLs or WIDA MODEL score reports to help give teachers a basic overview of what the Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing proficiency level results indicate about their students' abilities. (Taken from the WIDA website)