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: ESEA Title III
Statewide Standards-Based Assessment
Assessment: Statewide Assessment Information
NCELA: Title III Information
WIDA Contact Information: South Carolina
Common Core State Standards: Yes
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 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 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.
South Carolina does not yet have a Seal of Biliteracy. 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. If you are aware of schools or districts that have adopted the Seal of Biliteracy in the state, send an update to the official Seal of Biliteracy site!
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. South Carolina Rate of EL Growth (1997/98-2007/08). Compiled July 2010 and retrieved from http://www.ncela.gwu.edu/t3sis/state/southcarolina/.