English Learner (EL) Program Review and Title III Monitoring focuses on quality and compliance with state and federal requirements for programming for ELs, immigrants and refugees. The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), together with the US Department of Education and the Office of Civil Rights (OCR), is charged with the responsibility of enforcing Tile VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination based on race, color or national origin. In Lau v. Nichols, the US Supreme Court affirmed the US Department of Education’s May 25, 1970 memorandum that directed Local Education Agencies (LEAs) to take steps to help ELs overcome language barriers and to ensure that they can participate meaningfully in educational programs.
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) Title III, Part A requires the State Education Agency (SEA) to monitor the implementation of Title III program requirements1 and the expenditure of federal funds by all subgrantees. Monitoring Title III at the local level ensures compliance with regulations and assures the quality of the program and instructional delivery for ELs.
MDE selects LEAs or consortia for onsite review using the following criteria:
1. Stage of AMAO in Need of Improvement status in the previous academic year.
a. Program Modification – 50% of LEAs reviewed in the current year
b. Continuing Needs Improvement – 30% of LEAs reviewed in the current year
c. Needs Improvement – 20% of LEAs reviewed in the current year
2. Diversity of programming for ELs, immigrants and refugees.
3. Geographic representation and demographics of LEAs and consortia.
4. Request or formal complaint.
5. Information submitted through the English Learner Plan of Service review and other data sources.
LEAs selected for onsite review will be notified at least six weeks prior to the review.