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As of the 2007-2008 school year, Michigan's schools were home to more than 71,800 English language learners (ELLs), which marks a 103% increase from the 1997-1998 school year (NCELA, 2010). The top five languages or language groups spoken by ELLs in Michigan are Spanish, Arabic, Japanese, French, and German (EPE, 2009).

State ELL Resources

State Agency: Michigan Department of Education (MDE)

ELL Website: The following sections of the MDE website address ELL issues:

ELL Identification

The following documents offer additional information about ELL Identification:

English Language Learner (ELL) Identification Process* (PDF)

Home Language Survey: Michigan State Board of Education Approved Home Language Survey

Placement Exam: ELPA Screener

ELP Standards & Assessment

ELP Standards: English Language Proficiency Standards for K-12 Schools* (PDF)

ELP Assessment: Michigan English Language Assessment

ELL Instruction

Michigan does not provide any language restrictions regarding programming. Learn more from the Michigan Department of Education English Language Learner Programs Description.

Statewide Standards-Based Assessment

Assessment: Michigan Education Assessment Program [MEAP]

ELL Accommodations: Information is available from the MEAP website.

Additional Information

NCELA: Title III Information

Common Core State Standards: Yes

Statewide Organizations

AFT Michigan

The mission of AFT Michigan, the statewide affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers, is to advance the interests of our members and the institutions in which they work.

Michigan Education Association

Michigan 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.

Michigan Family-to-Family Health Information & Education Center (F2FHIEC)

The goal of The F2FHIEC website is to improve access to quality care and supports for children with special needs in their communities by empowering families. The F2FHIEC website is designed as a virtual center you can visit for information, education and/or parent-to-parent support.

Michigan State Parent Information Resource Centers

Michigan State PIRC assists schools and agencies across Michigan in providing services to parents that lead to improvements in student academic achievement and strong partnerships.

Michigan TESOL

MITESOL is an organization composed of a diverse group of administrators, educators, materials writers, researchers, and teacher trainers primarily from the state of Michigan involved in teaching students whose first language is not English.


Editorial Projects in Education (EPE). "Most Common Non-English Languages Spoken by ELL Youths, by State." Perspectives on a Population: English-Language Learners in American Schools (Education Week's Quality Counts 2009 Report). Pg. 13. Retrieved from January 2009.

Office of English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement for Limited English Proficient Students. Michigan Rate of EL Growth (1997/98-2007/08). Compiled July 2010 and retrieved from

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