Michigan: ELL Resources

As of the 2012-13 school year, Michigan's schools were home to more than 80,000 English language learners (ELLs), which marks a 47% increase from the 2002-2003 school year (Migration Policy Institute, 2015). Currently, the most common five languages spoken by ELLs in Michigan are Spanish, Arabic, Bengali, Albanian, and Vietnamese.

State ELL Resources

State Agency: Michigan Department of Education (MDE)

ELL Website: ELL Programs

ELL Identification

Information about home language surveys and ELL Identification can be found on the ELL Programs website.

ELP Standards & Assessment

Overview: Michigan ELP Website

ELP Standards: WIDA English Language Proficiency Standards

ELP Assessment: WIDA-ACCESS for ELLs

Statewide Standards-Based Assessment

Assessment: M-STEP

ELL Accommodations: Information is available from the M-STEP website.

Additional Information

NCELA: Title III Information

Common Core State Standards: Yes


Statewide Organizations

AFT Michigan

The mission of AFT Michigan, the statewide affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers, is to advance the interests of our members and the institutions in which they work.

Michigan Education Association

Michigan 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.

Michigan State Parent Information Resource Centers

Michigan State PIRC assists schools and agencies across Michigan in providing services to parents that lead to improvements in student academic achievement and strong partnerships.

Michigan TESOL

MITESOL is an organization composed of a diverse group of administrators, educators, materials writers, researchers, and teacher trainers primarily from the state of Michigan involved in teaching students whose first language is not English.



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. Michigan Rate of EL Growth (1997/98-2007/08). Compiled July 2010 and retrieved from http://www.ncela.gwu.edu/t3sis/state/michigan/.