As of the 2016-2017 school year, Arkansas's schools were home to more than 41,000 English language learners. As of the 2014-2015 school year, the most common five languages spoken by ELLs in Arkansas were Spanish, Marshallese, Vietnamese, Lao, and Hmong. (U.S. Dept. of Education, National Center for Education Statistics)
State ELL Resources
State Agency: Arkansas Department of Education
ELL Website: English Learners Division
ELP Standards & Assessment
Overview: English Language Proficiency Standards
ELP Standards: ELPA21
ELP Assessment: ELPA21
Statewide Standards-Based Assessment
Assessment: Arkansas Comprehensive Testing, Assessment and Accountability
NCELA: Title III Information
Common Core State Standards: Yes
ESSA: Arkansas ESSA State Plan
Arkansas Education Association
Arkansas 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.
Arkansas State Parent Information Resource Centers
The primary purposes of the Center for Effective Parenting /Arkansas PIRC are to enhance the developmental progress of children and to improve children's academic achievement through enhancing parental involvement
ARKTESOL members are professionals who work to serve our international neighbors in Arkansas through teaching and also promoting mutual understanding.
Arkansas: Seal of Biliteracy
Arkansas adopted the Seal of Biliteracy in 2018 following a pilot program led by the Arkansas Foreign Language Teachers Association and ARKTESOL. 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.
Parent Resource Centers
State parent information resource centers are listed in this directory compiled by the Center for Parent Information & Resources.