Title III, Part A – English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement Act


Title III, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as reauthorized under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), aims to ensure that English learners (ELs) and immigrant students attain English proficiency and develop high levels of academic achievement in English. Title III will also assist all English learners meet the same challenging State academic standards that all children are expected to meet.


    Newly Designed English Learner Web Portal ELLTX.ORG. Check out the new features and pathways for Parents & Families of English learners and Community Partners. 

    NEW! This Side-By-Side Document provides guidance on allowable vs. unallowable use of Bilingual Education Allotment (state) and Title III, Part A (federal) funds. It serves as a tool for Local Education Agencies (LEAs) to align with each program's statutory authority, policies, and practices. 

    TEA Supplemental Resources

    NEW Resource! TExES English as a Second Language (ESL) Supplemental #154 Preparation Manual (PDF 2.52 MB) - This manual is intended to equip Texas educators who desire to increase capacity in their districts and to enhance their existing ESL programs beyond minimum state requirements. Please note: This manual is based on the current ESL certification standards and test framework. Although new ESL certification standards were adopted in July 2019, an updated version of the TExES ESL Supplemental #154 exam has NOT yet been developed. Once the new test is developed, this resource will be revised. The earliest projection for an updated ESL certification exam with the new ESL certification standards is September of 2021. 

    Title III Allowable Use of Funds FAQ (revised January 2019)

    Family Engagement & Community Engagement Resource Tool (NEW)

    Clarifying Title III LEA Required Activities under ESSA 

    Texas Gateway: Title III Funded Online Resources Available

    TEA Grant Opportunities (click here)


    2019-2020 ESSA Consolidated Federal Grant


    Immigrant Children and Youth (outside source)

    •  Definition of "immigrant children and youth" in Title III
    •  Methods of calculating LEA funds for immigrant children and youth
    •  Definition of 3 full academic years when counting immigrant children and youth

    U.S.Department of Education Resources (outside source)

    English Learner Tool Kit

    Newcomer Tool Kit

    English Learner Family Tool Kit

    Laws & Guidance

    Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

    Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

    Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

    Contact Information

    Contact Us
    Division of English Learner Support
    Phone: (512) 463-9414

    Contact Information

    Rickey Santellana
    Title III Program Coordinator

    Special Populations Division
    Texas Education Agency
    1701 North Congress Avenue
    Austin, Texas 78701-1401