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North Dakota

As of the 2007-2008 school year, North Dakota's schools were home to more than 5,300 English language learners (ELLs), which marks an 18% decrease from the 1997-1998 school year (NCELA, 2010). The top five languages or language groups spoken by ELLs in North Dakota are Spanish, Serbocroatian, Norwegian, Mon-Khmer/Cambodian, and Japanese (EPE, 2009).

North Dakota is a member of WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment), joining in 2009. 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: North Dakota Department of Public Instruction

ELL Website: English Language Learner Programs

Laws & Regulations

The following documents offer additional information about statewide ELL regulations:

ELL Identification

English Language Learners in North Dakota: Identification and Screening

 Home Language Survey: Home Language Survey Sample

Placement Exam: WIDA-ACCESS Placement Test

ELP Standards & Assessment

ELP Standards: WIDA English Language Proficiency Standards


Statewide Standards-Based Assessment

Assessment: North Dakota State Assessments (NDSAs)

ELL Accommodations: Assessment Accommodations* (PDF)

Additional Information

NCELA: Title III Information

WIDA: North Dakota Contact Information

Common Core State Standards: Yes

Statewide Organizations

Dakota TESL

Dakota TESL provides support, advocacy, and professional development opportunities for those in the Dakotas and surrounding states who work with English as a second language students or English language learners.

North Dakota Education Association

North Dakota 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.

North Dakota State Parent Information Resource Centers

The North Dakota State PIRC works closely with parents, educators and community organizations to strengthen partnerships so that children can reach high academic standards through parent involvement.


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. North Dakota Rate of EL Growth (1997/98-2007/08). Compiled July 2010 and retrieved from

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