Title III English Learners

Title III- EL Resources

The Title III- EL plan and budget are part of the ESEA Consolidated Budget Application which is due annually by July 1. 

LAU Plan

"There is no equality of treatment merely by providing students with the same facilities, textbooks, teachers, and curriculum; for students who do not understand English are effectively foreclosed from any meaningful education." - Lau v. Nichols (1974)

What is a Lau Plan?

A Lau plan is an equal access plan that protects ELs. The plan describes what a school district will do:

  • to identify its ELs
  • to design an effective program reflective of their needs
  • to employ appropriate English-as-a-second-language or bilingual personnel (or both),
  • to align the instruction of ELs to state and local content standards
  • to provide ongoing authentic assessments to ascertain their growth in English language proficiency and in the comprehension of academic content.

A Lau plan is a "working document" that should be revisited frequently.

Essential components of a Lau plan include the legal foundation, student assessments, an instructional plan, parental involvement, qualified personnel, a coordination plan, a budget, adjunct services, and other possible considerations.

Student Counts

  •  *Reporting 10 or fewer students not included in this list
School Year EL Enrollment
2021-2022 52,430
2020-2021 49,940
2019-2020 50,950
2018-2019 50,055


2016-2017 42,645
2015-2016 38,842
2014-2015 36,977
2013-2014 34,417
2012-2013 32,098
2011-2012 30,304
2010-2011 27,685
2009-2010 26,183

Additional Resources