Utah: ELL Resources
As of the 2012-13 school year, Utah's schools were home to more than 39,000 English language learners (ELLs), which marks a 9% decrease from the 2002-2003 school year (Migration Policy Institute, 2015). Currently, the most common languages spoken by ELLs in Utah are Spanish, Navajo, Somali, Arabic, and Chinese.
Utah is a member of WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment). 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: Utah State Office of Education
ELP Standards & Assessment
ELP Standards: WIDA English Language Proficiency Standards
ELP Assessment: WIDA-ACCESS for ELLs
Statewide Standards-Based Assessment
NCELA: Title III Information
WIDA: Utah Contact Information
Common Core State Standards: Yes
ESSA: Utah ESSA State Plan
AFT Utah is the state's affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers.
Intermountain TESOL, an affiliate of International TESOL, provides professional development for ESL teachers in Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming.
Utah 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 Utah Parent Information Center (UPIRC) serves all families statewide, especially underserved populations, with strategies to assist them in helping their children to succeed in school and assist schools/districts with implementation of quality parent involvement policies and strategies.
Utah adopted the Seal of Biliteracy in 2015. The Seal of Biliteracy is an award given by a school, district, or state in recognition of students who have studied and attained proficiency in two or more languages by high school graduation. In Utah, students who are proficient in Navajo or Ute can also be awarded the Seal of Biliteracy.
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. Utah Rate of EL Growth (1997/98-2007/08). Compiled July 2010 and retrieved from http://www.ncela.gwu.edu/t3sis/state/utah/.