Alabama: ELL Resources
As of the 2012-13 school year, Alabama's schools were home to more than 19,000 English language learners (ELLs), which marks a 87% increase from the 2002-2003 school year (Migration Policy Institute, 2015). Currently, the most common five languages spoken by ELLs in Alabama are Spanish, Arabic, Korean, Vietnamese, and Chinese. (Migration Policy Institute, 2015).
Alabama is a member of WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment), joining in 2004. WIDA is a consortium of states dedicated to the design and implementation of high standards and equitable educational opportunities for English language learners.
State ELL Resources
State Agency: Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE)
ELL Website: Alabama ELL Resources Website
ELP Standards & Assessment
ELP Standards: WIDA English Language Proficiency Standards
ELP Assessment: WIDA-ACCESS for ELLs
Statewide Standards-Based Assessment
Assessment: Alabama Student Assessment
NCELA: Title III Information
Common Core State Standards: Yes
ESSA: Alabama ESSA State Plan
The statewide affiliate of the National Education Association.
The statewide affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers.
The Alabama Parent Education Center (APEC) is a non-profit organized by parents in central Alabama, formed to provide parents with training and information to help them become meaningful participants in their children&s education.
AMTESOL was founded in 1982, and membership is open to everyone interested in and or involved in the teaching and administration of programs in English as a second or foreign language.
Alabama is in the early stages of the Seal of Biliteracy with a pilot program underway at the local level in Birmingham. The Seal of Biliteracy is an award given by a school, district, or state in recognition of students who have studied and attained proficiency in two or more languages by high school graduation.
Ruiz Soto, Ariel G., Sarah Hooker, and Jeanne Batalova. 2015. States and Districts with the Highest Number and Share of English Language Learners. Washington, DC: Migration Policy Institute. http://www.migrationpolicy.org/research/states-and-districts-highest-number-and-share-english-language-learners
Ruiz Soto, Ariel G., Sarah Hooker, and Jeanne Batalova. 2015. Top Languages Spoken by English Language Learners Nationally and by State. Washington, DC: Migration Policy Institute. http://www.migrationpolicy.org/research/number-and-growth-students-us-schools-need-english-instruction-2009
Office of English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement for Limited English Proficient Students. Alabama Rate of EL Growth (1997/98-2007/08). Compiled July 2010 and retrieved from http://www.ncela.gwu.edu/t3sis/state/alabama/.
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