West Virginia: ELL Resources

As of the 2012-13 school year, West Virginia's schools were home to more than 2,000 English language learners (ELLs), which marks a 89% increase from the 2002-2003 school year (Migration Policy Institute, 2015). Currently, the most common languages spoken by ELLs in West Virginia are Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Urdu.

State ELL Resources

State Agency: West Virginia Department of Education

ELL Guidelines: Guidance for ELL procedures and instruction can be found in the following documents:

Laws & Regulations

The following documents offer additional information about statewide ELL regulations:

West Virginia State Board Policies, Article II: Policy 2417, Programs of Study for Limited English Proficiency Students

ELL Identification

Identification procedures are outlined in Identification of ELL Students.

Home Language Survey: West Virginia provides a sample Home Language Survey.

ELP Standards & Assessment

ELP Standards: ELPA21

ELP Assessment: ELPA21

Statewide Standards-Based Assessment


Additional Information

NCELA: Title III Information

Common Core State Standards: Yes


Statewide Organizations

AFT West Virginia

AFT West Virginia is the West Virginia State affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers.

West Virginia Education Association

West Virginia 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.

West Virginia State Parent Information Resource Centers

The WV State PIRC provides technical assistance to parents and educators statewide and to districts that need assistance in meeting Title I and No Child Left Behind parent involvement requirements and by empowering these groups to collaborate meaningfully and meet the educational needs of all children.


WVTESOL is an official affiliate of TESOL and seeks to strengthen ESL teaching, promote research, and provide opportunities to share ideas with other ESL professionals in West Virginia.

Seal of Biliteracy Update: West Virginia

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

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