As of the 2012-13 school year, Alaska's schools were home to more than 16,000 English language learners (ELLs). Currently, the most common five languages spoken by ELLs in Alaska are Yupik, Spanish, Inupiaq, Filipino, and Hmong. (Migration Policy Institute, 2015).

Alaska is a member of WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment), joining in 2011. 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: Alaska Department of Education & Early Development

ELL Website: English Language Learner and Title III Resources

ELP Standards & Assessment

ELP Standards: WIDA English Language Proficiency Standards

ELP Assessment: WIDA-ACCESS for ELLs

Statewide Standards-Based Assessment

Assessment: Alaska Student Assessments

Accommodations: Alaska Accomodations Information

Alaska: Seal of Biliteracy

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

Additional Information

NCELA: Title III Information

WIDA: Alaska Contact Information

Common Core State Standards: Yes

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

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.

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.