Missouri: ELL Resources

As of the 2012-13 school year, Missouri's schools were home to more than 27,000 English language learners (ELLs), which marks a 106% increase from the 2002-2003 school year (Migration Policy Institute, 2015). Currently, the most common five languages spoken by ELLs in Missouri are Spanish, Bosnian, Vietnamese, Arabic, and Somali.

Missouri is a member of WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment), joining in 2010. 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: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

ELL Website: English Language Learners (ELL)

ELL Identification

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

ELP Standards & Assessment

ELP Standards: WIDA English Language Proficiency Standards


Statewide Standards-Based Assessment

Assessment: Missouri Assessment Program [MAP]

Additional Information

NCELA: Title III Information

WIDA: Missouri Contact Information

Common Core State Standards: Yes

Statewide Organizations


AFT-Missouri is a statewide affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers that is committed to protecting the employment rights of our members, building support for Missouri&s public schools, and improving educational opportunities for all children.

Mid-America TESOL

MIDTESOL serves mid-America teachers of English from Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, and Missouri to speakers of other languages.

Missouri NEA

Missouri NEA 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.

Missouri State Parent Information Resource Centers (Springfield, MO)

The Missouri PIRC-Southwest provides parents, community organizations, early childhood caretakers and educators, and schools with training and information on how children develop and what they need to succeed in school.

Missouri State Parent Information Resource Centers (St. Louis, MO)

The Missouri PIRC serves parents, schools, and community organizations throughout the state by providing a wide range of information, training, technical assistance, and resources to help parents promote their children&s achievement in school.



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