ML Program Compliance

Language Instruction Educational Program (LIEP)

According to the State Board of Education Policy 16 NCAC 06D .0106 (d) all PSUs are required to adopt a program or programs for multilingual learner students who need assistance that have a reasonable chance of allowing students to progress in school. The program may be one of the following unless some other method or process can be effectively substituted: (1) English as a second language (ESL); (2) bilingual education; (3) programs that provide neither instruction in the native language nor direct instruction in ESL but which adapt instruction to meet the needs of these students.

The most commonly reported LIEP types in the NC public schools include programs that utilize two languages for instruction and programs that utilize English for instruction. Read the description of the LIEP types in NC to learn more about these programs.

More information about some of the programs implemented in the state may be found at Dual Language/Immersion in NC and Global Education in NC.

Note: Charter schools that are Title III subgrantees should upload the service chart to Epicenter after it has been approved by the Title III consultant in CCIP.

Title III Consortia

Under the Title III State Formula Grant Program, if an LEA/Charter does not have a sufficient number of limited English proficient students enrolled to qualify for a minimum PRC 104 subgrant of $10,000 under Section 3114(a), it may – to be part of an eligible entity that meets this minimum – apply for a subgrant jointly in consortia with other LEAs/Charters. Visit the NCDPI School Allotment Section to view your PSU's estimated planning allotment for the upcoming school year.

Review the 23-24 Consortium Guidelines.

For further questions, contact Marshall Foster at or (984) 236-2790

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Title III Subgrantee PSUs (LEAs and Charter Schools)

Title III Subgrantees are PSUs that qualify for PRC 104 EL funding*. These PSUs complete the LIEP service chart as part of the Title III application process for PRC 104 via the CCIP tool. Charter schools that are Title III subgrantees should submit their approved LIEP to Epicenter as part of the Office of Charter Schools Performance Framework. 

Submissions are in late spring with more information coming from FPMS about specifics at that time.

*This is not for PRC 111 Immigrant funding.

Title III Federal Funding

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed by President Obama on December 10, 2015. This bipartisan measure reauthorizes the 50-year-old Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the nation’s national education law, and longstanding commitment to equal opportunity for all students.

Text of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended by ESSA and the National Defense Authorization Act, 2017: Title III Section

Non-Regulatory Guidance: English Learners and Title III of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Title III assessment and accountability requirements that pertains to assessment and accountability provisions of Title III of the ESEA.

Supplement, not Supplant Letter

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Title III PRC 104 Subgrantee Directions

In a continued effort to strengthen Title III technical assistance this year for PRC 104, PSUs will have the LIEP reviewed and approved prior to uploading the LIEP into the consolidated application within CCIP.

LIEP service chart instructions  (For PSUs)

  1. Read the guidance document
  2. Review the sample chart
  3. Complete the LIEP service plan chart using the template If needed, use this Rubric to help you complete the LIEP.
  4. Fill out the requested information and submit a pdf or doc file using the LIEP Submission Form.

Additional resources: LIEP webinar and LIEP webinar slide deck

DUE DATE: The LIEP Service Plan Chart must be submitted on or before May 31, 2022. The LIEP Service Plan Chart will have to be submitted and approved prior to including it in the consolidated application within CCIP. 

Contact for further questions or attend the ESL/Title III Office Hours on Tuesdays from 3:00 - 4:00 pm.

Non-Title III Subgrantee PSUs (LEAs and Charter Schools)

All PSUs (LEAs and Charter schools) that have at least one identified multilingual student on the annual EL Headcount must complete a basic Language Instruction Educational Program (LIEP) Service Plan Tool.

22-23 Program Compliance

Register to attend the sessions for the 22-23 BOY Fall 2022 Sessions and learn about the language instruction educational program (LIEP) requirements for the academic year.

Contact the NCDPI ESL/Title III Consultant assigned to your region for further questions.