Maine: ELL Resources
As of the 2012-13 school year, Maine 's schools were home to more than 5,000 English language learners (ELLs), which marks a 112% increase from the 2002-2003 school year (Migration Policy Institute, 2015). Currently, the most common five languages spoken by ELLs in Maine are Somali, Arabic , Spanish, French, and Chinese.
Maine is a member of WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment), joining in 2003. 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: Maine Department of Education
ELL Website & Manual: English as a Second Language and Bilingual Programs
ELL Statewide Resources: The Maine ESL Go-To Chart (The University of Maine)
Home Language Survey: Home Language Survey Information
Placement Exam: WIDA-ACCESS Placement Test (W-APT)
ELP Standards & Assessment
ELP Standards: WIDA English Language Proficiency Standards
ELP Assessment: WIDA-ACCESS ACCESS for ELLs
Maine Department of Education allows for a full range of Language Instruction Educational Programming. It also requires districts to create a Lau Plan to:
- design an effective program to meet EL needs, including a Language Acquisition Committee (LAC) and Individual Language Acquisition Plans (ILAP);
- employ appropriate English-as-a-second-language or bilingual personnel (or both);
- align the instruction of ELs to state content standards; and
- provide ongoing authentic assessments to ascertain their growth in English language proficiency by administering annually the ACCESS for ELLs™ and in the comprehension of academic content.
Statewide Standards-Based Assessment
Assessment: Maine Comprehensive Assessment System (MeCAS)
NCELA: Title III Information
Common Core State Standards: Yes
AFT-Maine is a state affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers that represents the economic, social and professional interests of classroom teachers.
Maine 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.
The goal of the Maine PIRC is that all Maine schools will have effective parental involvement in school programs and policies that help each student reach his or her full academic potential, and that these parent-school partnerships are fully supported by local, state and federal resources.
NNETESOL serves all ESL professionals in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont working in private and public K-12 schools, post secondary schools, and adult education programs.
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. Maine Rate of EL Growth (1997/98-2007/08). Compiled July 2010 and retrieved from http://www.ncela.gwu.edu/t3sis/state/maine/.