English Learners

Tennessee students speak more than 140 languages. For these many students, English is not the first language they learned to speak, but it is the first language in which they have learned to read and write. ESL classes vary from district to district and from school to school, and are designed to address such challenges.

Title III is the portion of No Child Left Behind that serves English as a Second Language Students. The purpose of the Title III office in the State of Tennessee is to offer support and guidance in meeting these federal and state guidelines set forth to educate this important group of Tennesse students.

View additional information about Title III, including paying for translation services with Title III funds.

New Informational Resource for ACCESS for ELLs 2.0  

WIDA has developed the Overview of Online ACCESS for ELLs 2.0: What's New in Summative Assessment webinar. This recorded webinar gives important information about the online assessment that will be operational in the 2015-16 school year. This webinar addresses the following information:

  • Timeline for the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 online assessment
  • Key features of the online assessment
  • Additional resources to assist in the transition to the online assessment

Watch the webinar

WIDA will continue to post new resources to the Operational Test Preparation Resources webpage as they become available.

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Last Update: August 5, 2014