Alabama: ELL Resources

Map of Alabama

As of the 2016-2017 school year, Alabama's schools were home to more than 20,700 English language learners. As of the 2014-2015 school year, the most common five languages spoken by ELLs in Alabama were Spanish, Korean, Arabic, Chinese, and Vietnamese. (U.S. Dept. of Education, National Center for Education Statistics)

Alabama is a member of WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment), joining in 2004. WIDA is a consortium of states dedicated to the design and implementation of high standards and equitable educational opportunities for English language learners.

State ELL Resources

State Agency: Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE)

ELL Website: Alabama ELL Resources Website

ELP Standards & Assessment

ELP Standards: WIDA English Language Proficiency Standards

ELP Assessment: WIDA-ACCESS for ELLs

Statewide Standards-Based Assessment

Assessment: Alabama Student Assessment

Additional Information

NCELA: Title III Information

WIDA: Alabama Contact Information

Common Core State Standards: Yes

ESSA: Alabama ESSA State Plan

Statewide Organizations

Alabama Education Association

The statewide affiliate of the National Education Association.

Alabama Federation of Teachers

The statewide affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers.

Alabama State Parent Information Resource Centers

The Alabama Parent Education Center (APEC) is a non-profit organized by parents in central Alabama, formed to provide parents with training and information to help them become meaningful participants in their children&s education.

Alabama-Mississippi TESOL

AMTESOL was founded in 1982, and membership is open to everyone interested in and or involved in the teaching and administration of programs in English as a second or foreign language.

Alabama: Seal of Biliteracy

Alabama is in the early stages of the Seal of Biliteracy with a pilot program underway at the local level in Birmingham. 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.


Note: Regulations change with time. These guidelines were compiled in January of 2012 and updated in January 2020. If you see something that needs updating, please send an e-mail to Colorín Colorado. For more detailed information regarding ELL guidelines and policies at the state and federal levels, please see the following:


National Center for Education Statistics. (2018.) English language learner (ELL) students enrolled in public elementary and secondary schools, by state: Selected years, fall 2000 through fall 2016. 

U.S. Department of Education. Our Nation’s English Learners. Most Common Non-English Languages Spoken by English Learners.