English Learners

Title III State Formula Grant Program

The Agency of Education receives federal Title III state formula grant funds from the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE) to plan and administer programs to assist English Learners (ELs), including immigrant children and youth, in attaining English language proficiency and developing high levels of academic achievement in order to meet challenging state academic standards.

The program awards Title III English Learner and Immigrant subgrants to eligible local education agencies and provides technical assistance and professional learning related to meeting the diverse needs of English Learners, including:          

  • Planning and implementing effective language instruction educational programs and curricula on teaching English Learners
  • Identifying or developing, and implementing, measures of English proficiency
  • Strengthening parent, family, and community engagement in programs that serve English Learners

Title III Local Education Agency Subgrants

Future opportunities to apply for Title III grants will be posted. Applications are submitted through the Agency's Online Grant Application for Local Education Agencies.

K-12 Primary/Home Language Survey

Federal education law requires state and local education agencies to identify English learners who are legally entitled to receive language and academic support services. The State of Vermont requires that all schools administer the Primary/Home Language Survey to all students entering Vermont elementary or secondary schools (public or public/private academies) for the first time in order to identify those who are potentially eligible for programs/services. Depending on survey and interview responses, students from linguistically diverse backgrounds may also be screened to assess their level of English language proficiency for academic purposes.

K-12 Primary/Home Language Survey

English Language Proficiency

Through collaboration with member state education agencies and local education agencies, WIDA has created many tools, studies, and training resources to help meet legal and program requirements for ELs, including: Prek-12 WIDA Framework for English Language Development (ELD) Standards & Instruction; Can Do Descriptors; Assessments; Professional Learning and Research materials, which can be accessed online at WIDA with an authorized username and password. State-specific information about English language proficiency assessments, including important dates, materials and training, is posted on Vermont's WIDA webpage.

Professional Development


WIDA Self-Paced eWorkshops for Multilingual Learner Education

Audience: Classroom and EL Teachers, Specialists, Curriculum Coordinators, Instructional Coaches, School and District Administrators

Starting in 2019-2020, the Vermont Agency of Education has partnered with WIDA Professional Learning to offer all educators in our state the opportunity to participate in six, self-paced eWorkshops, developed by WIDA. These free eWorkshops cover a range of topics related to multilingual learner education and assessment, intended to give educators a choice of workshop(s) relevant to their goals. You can log in individually at any time or, as part of a larger group or professional learning community, from any place—a great option for rural districts who want to participate in professional learning on instructional strategies and resources for English Learners (ELs). Participants can download and print out a Certificate upon completion of each workshop. For full descriptions, see the WIDA eWorkshops Flyer and/or video on the WIDA public Self-Paced eWorkshop webpage.

For info on setting up a WIDA Secure Portal Account with access to these workshops in the eLearning Center, contact: Jim McCobb at (802) 828-1533 or james.mccobb@vermont.gov.



Email Jim McCobb, Title III/EL State Program Director, or call (802) 828-1533. 


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Secretary Daniel M. French
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Montpelier, VT 05620-2501

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