Kentucky: ELL Resources

As of the 2012-13 school year, Kentucky 's schools were home to more than 20,000 English language learners (ELLs), which marks a 219% increase from the 2002-2003 school year (Migration Policy Institute, 2015). Currently, the most common five languages spoken by ELLs in Kentucky are Spanish, Arabic , Somali, Chinese, and Japanese.

Kentucky is a member of WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment), joining in 2006. WIDA is a consortium of states dedicated to the design and implementation of high standards and equitable educational opportunities for English language learners which offers states programming for identifying and annually assessing the English language development of its English learners.

State ELL Resources

State Agency: Kentucky Department of Education

ELL Website: English learners and English as a Second Language Program

ELL Manual: Kentucky Department of Education [KDE] provides two documents for supporting the implementation of programming for English learners:

These guides provides descriptive flow charts of the activities that must occur for identifying, assessing, providing programming, and exiting students.

ELL Identification

Placement Exam: WIDA-ACCESS Placement Test (W-APT)

ELP Standards & Assessment

ELP Standards: WIDA English Language Proficiency Standards

ELP Assessment: WIDA-ACCESS for ELLs

ELL Instruction

Kentucky Department of Education, instructional resources English learners requires all schools to provide programming that is scientifically sound and proven to be effective and is not restrictive.

Statewide Standards-Based Assessment

Assessment: Kentucky Assessment Website

Additional Information

Title III Information

WIDA: Kentucky Contact Information

Common Core State Standards: Yes


Statewide Organizations

Kentucky Education Association

Kentucky Education Association is a National Education Association State Affiliate that regularly lobbies legislators for the resources schools need, campaigns for higher professional standards for the teaching profession, and files legal actions to protect academic freedom and the rights of school employees.

Kentucky State Parent Information Resource Centers

KYPIRC is a statewide effort to train parents in understanding their State and local accountability systems, rights and opportunities for public school choice and supplemental services, district and school parental involvement policies, and strategies to support the academic and school success of their children.

Kentucky TESOL

Kentucky TESOL, Inc. (KYTESOL) is a statewide professional organization for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages.



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.

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.

Office of English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement for Limited English Proficient Students. Kentucky Rate of EL Growth (1997/98-2007/08). Compiled July 2010 and retrieved from