Did you know your student may qualify for additional language and literacy supports through the Title III program?Here is some information to help clarify what the program is and how it supports our Native Students.When you think of English Language Learners (ELL), you may first think of a recent immigrant who speaks a language other than English. While some of our EL students fit this description, American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) students may not. Many AI/AN students are neither immigrants nor do they necessarily speak a language other than English. However, they qualify* for EL services, because they may need support in their academic English, including academic vocabulary, reading academic texts, writing academic forms, etc.
Students who self-identify as AI/AN qualify to take the English Language Proficiency Screener. This diagnostic test helps us understand their English language proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. We can then use that data to support their individual needs in order to help them reach their academic potential.If you are interested in having your student assessed to see if they qualify please reach out to one of our Native American TOSA'sRachael BargerHeather Wippert