Alabama: ELL Resources

As of the 2012-13 school year, Alabama's schools were home to more than 19,000 English language learners (ELLs), which marks a 87% increase from the 2002-2003 school year (Migration Policy Institute, 2015). Currently, the most common five languages spoken by ELLs in Alabama are Spanish, Arabic, Korean, Vietnamese, and Chinese. (Migration Policy Institute, 2015).

Alabama is a member of WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment), joining in 2004. 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: Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE)

ELL Website: Alabama ELL Resources Website

ELP Standards & Assessment

ELP Standards: WIDA English Language Proficiency Standards

ELP Assessment: WIDA-ACCESS for ELLs

Statewide Standards-Based Assessment

Assessment: Alabama Student Assessment

Additional Information

NCELA: Title III Information

WIDA: Alabama Contact Information

Common Core State Standards: Yes

ESSA: Alabama ESSA State Plan


Statewide Organizations

Alabama Education Association

The statewide affiliate of the National Education Association.

Alabama Federation of Teachers

The statewide affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers.

Alabama State Parent Information Resource Centers

The Alabama Parent Education Center (APEC) is a non-profit organized by parents in central Alabama, formed to provide parents with training and information to help them become meaningful participants in their children&s education.

Alabama-Mississippi TESOL

AMTESOL was founded in 1982, and membership is open to everyone interested in and or involved in the teaching and administration of programs in English as a second or foreign language.

Alabama: Seal of Biliteracy

Alabama is in the early stages of the Seal of Biliteracy with a pilot program underway at the local level in Birmingham. 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.



Ruiz Soto, Ariel G., Sarah Hooker, and Jeanne Batalova. 2015. States and Districts with the Highest Number and Share of English Language Learners. Washington, DC: Migration Policy Institute.

Ruiz Soto, Ariel G., Sarah Hooker, and Jeanne Batalova. 2015. Top Languages Spoken by English Language Learners Nationally and by State. Washington, DC: Migration Policy Institute.

Office of English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement for Limited English Proficient Students. Alabama Rate of EL Growth (1997/98-2007/08). Compiled July 2010 and retrieved from


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