Arkansas: ELL Resources

Map of Arkansas

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

Additional Information

NCELA: Title III Information

Common Core State Standards: Yes

ESSA: Arkansas ESSA State Plan

Statewide Organizations

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

Arkansas TESOL

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.

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.