Washington: ELL Resources

As of the 2012-13 school year, Washington's schools were home to more than 107,000 English language learners (ELLs), which marks a 52% increase from the 2002-2003 school year (Migration Policy Institute, 2015). Currently, the most common languages spoken by ELLs in Washington are Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese, Somali, and Chinese.

State ELL Resources

State Agency: State of Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction

ELL Websites:

ELL Identification

Assessment: WELPA

Home Language Survey: A Home Language Survey is provided on the ELL website. Translations are also available in Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese.

Parent Notifications: Parent documents are currently available in multiple languages on the state website.

ELP Standards

ELP Standards: ELPA21

Statewide Standards-Based Assessment

Assessment: Measurements of Student Progress (MSP)

ELL Accommodations: Accommodations & Assessment Information

Additional Information

NCELA: Title III Information

Common Core State Standards: Yes


Statewide Organizations

AFT Washington

AFT Washington is a state federation affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO. We represent about 4,500 members including faculty from community and technical colleges and pre-K.

Washington Association for the Education of Speakers of Other Languages

WAESOL, the Washington state affiliate to Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), is a professional, non-profit organization whose purpose is to serve members of the ESL community in the state of Washington.

Washington Education Association

Washington 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.

Washington State Parent Information Resource Centers

The Washington State PIRC provides meaningful and useful information, training and education to parents (families) with at-risk children through on-site regional activities and a technology-supported statewide dissemination design.

Washington: Seal of Biliteracy

Washington State adopted the Seal of Biliteracy in 2014. 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.



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

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