Indiana: ELL Resources
As of the 2012-13 school year, Indiana's schools were home to more than 52,000 English language learners (ELLs), which marks a 23% increase from the 2002-2003 school year (Migration Policy Institute, 2015). Currently, the most common five languages spoken by ELLs in Indiana are Spanish, Burmese, German, Arabic, and Chinese.
Indiana is a member of WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment), joining in 2013. 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: Indiana Department of Education
ELP Standards & Assessment
WIDA in Indiana Website: English Language Development Standards and Assessment
ELP Standards: WIDA English Language Proficiency Standards
ELP Assessment: WIDA-ACCESS for ELLs
Statewide Standards-Based Assessment
Assessment: Indiana Office of Student Assessment
NCELA: Title III Information
This report discusses effective strategies for teaching ELLs who have not had the benefit of formal education or who have had interrupted formal education. The article includes an overview of recent research in this area, as well as recommended resources.
The Indiana Federation of Teachers is the state affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers and the AFL-CIO.
The purpose of the Indiana Partnerships Center is to provide parents throughout Indiana with the skills and knowledge they need to become more actively engaged in the educational lives of children, and to encourage schools to receive parents as true partners in the educational process.
Indiana State Teachers 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.
INTESOL is the Indiana affiliate of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages and is an all-volunteer group comprised of teachers, professors, administrators and university students.
Indiana adopted the Seal of Biliteracy in 2015 (signed into law by then-Governor Mike Pence). 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. Indiana Rate of EL Growth (1997/98-2007/08). Compiled July 2010 and retrieved from http://www.ncela.gwu.edu/t3sis/state/indiana/.