North Dakota: ELL Resources

As of the 2012-13 school year, North Dakota's schools were home to more than 3,000 English language learners (ELLs), which marks a 271% increase from the 2002-2003 school year (Migration Policy Institute, 2015). Currently, the most common five languages spoken by ELLs in North Dakota are Spanish, Nepali, Somali, Ojibwa, and Arabic.

North Dakota is a member of WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment), joining in 2009. 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: North Dakota Department of Public Instruction

ELL Website: English Language Learner Programs

ELL Identification

Home Language Survey: Home Language Survey sample available on the English Language Learner Programs website

Placement Exam: WIDA-ACCESS Placement Test

ELP Standards & Assessment

ELP Standards: WIDA English Language Proficiency Standards


Statewide Standards-Based Assessment

Assessment: Statewide Assessment Website

Additional Information

NCELA: Title III Information

WIDA: North Dakota Contact Information

Common Core State Standards: Yes

Statewide Organizations

Dakota TESL

Dakota TESL provides support, advocacy, and professional development opportunities for those in the Dakotas and surrounding states who work with English as a second language students or English language learners.

North Dakota Education Association

North Dakota 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.

North Dakota State Parent Information Resource Centers

The North Dakota State PIRC works closely with parents, educators and community organizations to strengthen partnerships so that children can reach high academic standards through parent involvement.



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. North Dakota Rate of EL Growth (1997/98-2007/08). Compiled July 2010 and retrieved from

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