Delaware: ELL Resources

Map of Delaware

As of the 2016-2017 school year, Delaware's schools were home to more than 10,500 English language learners. As of the 2014-2015 school year, the most common four languages spoken by ELLs in Delaware were Spanish, creoles and pidgins, Arabic, and Chinese. (U.S. Dept. of Education, National Center for Education Statistics)

Delaware is a member of WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment), joining in 2003. 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: Delaware Department of Education

ELL Website: Language Instruction for Limited English Proficient and Immigrant Students

ELP Standards & Assessment

ELP Standards: WIDA English Language Proficiency Standards

ELP Assessment: WIDA-ACCESS for ELLs

Statewide Standards-Based Assessment

Assessment: Delaware System of Student Assessments (DeSSA)

Additional Information

NCELA: Title III Information

WIDA: Delaware Contact Information

Common Core State Standards: Yes

ESSA: Delaware ESSA State Plan

Statewide Organizations

Delaware English Language Learners Teachers and Advocates Association (DELLTA)

DELLTA advocates for legislation, funding, community involvement, and ever-improving education for ELLs in Delaware. DELLTA brings ESL educators together, raises awareness of their needs and talents, and provides scholarships that celebrate ELLs' achievements.

Delaware State Education Association

Delaware State 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.

Delaware State Parent Information Centers (PIC)

PIC has a unique role in Delaware. PIC is the only organization in the state charged by the US Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, to provide information and support to parents of children with disabilities from birth to 26 to help them access appropriate education and related services for their children.


PennTESOL-East is a professional, non-profit association in eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, and Delaware dedicated to the improvement and advancement of teaching English to speakers of other languages.

Delaware: Seal of Biliteracy

The Seal of Biliteracy is currently under consideration in Delaware. 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.