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Title III & WIDA

Title III

Parents Right to Refuse Service: The Pennsylvania Department of Education has instituted a parental right to refuse English Language Development (or “opt out” of ELD). Although it is not advised, if a parent so chooses, they may refuse specialized services or classes that are only provided for English Learners. (This does not include a class composed of ELs and non-ELs in which ELD is supported through content instruction.)

If you are interested in learning more about your right to refuse ELD service for your child, please contact Lorraine DeRosa or Dawn Chapman.


Pennsylvania is part of the World-Class Instructional Design & Assessment (WIDA) standards for English learners (ELs) consortium. More information about WIDA can be found in the links below.

WIDA Standards

WIDA Can-Dos

WIDA Performance Definitions

WIDA Access