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Supporting English Learners under ESSA

This fact sheet summarizes new opportunities to fund ISS under Title III that are clarified in recent guidanceii published by the U.S. Department of Education

Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), schools are encouraged to take a more well-rounded approach to education. Title III now requires recipients of English Language Acquisition and Language Enhancement grants to implement activities that enhance or supplement the academic and language instruction of English learners (ELs). This new provision provides flexibility for districts to implement new, whole-child strategies that support EL youth, such as Integrated Student Supports (ISS) or wraparound services.

ISS is a locally adaptable, evidence-based approach that complements instruction by offering resources, programs and activities that are tailored to meet the needs of students and their communities. When implemented with fidelity, ISS contributes to improvements in academic outcomes and fosters language proficiency.

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