South Carolina: ELL Resources

As of the 2012-13 school year, South Carolina's schools were home to more than 38,000 English language learners (ELLs), which marks a 410% increase from the 2002-2003 school year (Migration Policy Institute, 2015). Currently, the most common languages spoken by ELLs in South Carolina are Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Arabic.

State ELL Resources

State Agency: South Carolina Department of Education

ELL Website: Title III - English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

ELP Standards

ELP Standards: ELPA21

Statewide Standards-Based Assessment

Assessment: Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS)

Additional Information

NCELA: Title III Information

Common Core State Standards: Yes


Statewide Organizations

Carolina TESOL

Carolina TESOL is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to improve the quality of education for English language learners in North and South Carolina and to promote effective intercultural communication and understanding.

South Carolina Education Association

South Carolina 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.

South Carolina State Parent Information Resource Centers

The SC PIRC reaches out to parents of low-income, minority, and limited English proficient children enrolled in elementary and secondary schools, helping them to understand No Child Left Behind legislation and to communicate effectively with school personnel.



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

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