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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 Dorie Martin-Pitone 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

Dorie Martin-Pitone
ELD Director
Phone: 610-645-1904

Dawn Chapman
ELD Coordinator
Phone: 610-645-1440