On September 23, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education released non-regulatory guidance to help states, districts, and schools provide effective services to improve the English language proficiency and academic achievement of English learners (ELs) through Title III of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The guidance is an effort to ensure that students who are English learners receive the high-quality services they need to be college and career ready.

The Administration has been releasing guidance to assist states and districts with new opportunities under ESSA. To date, the Department has released guidance for children and youth affected by homelessness as well as foster youth. In the coming weeks and months, the Department will continue to release guidance on new provisions in ESSA.

Full guidance released today can be found here.