California: ELL Resources

Map of California

As of 2021, California's schools were home to more than 1,062,000 English language learners. In recent years, the most common five languages spoken by ELLs in California have been Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Tagalog, and Arabic. (U.S. Dept. of Education, National Center for Education Statistics)

Note: For additional state-by-state data and information, see New America's English Learner Accountability Hub.

State ELL Resources

California Department of Education

Statewide Organizations

Books and Booklists

Research and Reports

Note: Regulations change with time. 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.