Colorado: ELL Resources
As of 2019, Colorado's schools were home to more than 96,000 English language learners. In recent years, the most common five languages spoken by ELLs in Colorado have been Spanish, Arabic, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Russian. (U.S. Dept. of Education, National Center for Education Statistics)
Colorado is a member of WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment), fully adopting WIDA in 2013. 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.
Note: For additional state-by-state data and information, see New America's English Learner Accountability Hub.
State ELL Resources
Colorado Department of Education
- State ELL Website: Office of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education
State ELL Resources: ELD Guidebook and Using ACCESS for ELLs: Gifted Identification
- Multilingual Certifications: Colorado Seal of Biliteracy
- NCELA: Title III Information
- WIDA: Colorado Contact Information
- Colorado TESOL
- AFT Colorado
- Colorado Education Association
- Parent Resource Centers
- Promising Partnership Practices in Colorado
- Colorado Office of Family, School, and Community Partnerships
- Statewide Parent Organizations for Gifted and Talented
Note: Regulations change with time. These guidelines were compiled in January of 2012 and updated in May 2022. 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:
U.S. Department of Education. Our Nation’s English Learners. Most Common Non-English Languages Spoken by English Learners.