As of the 2016-2017 school year, Alaska's schools were home to more than 14,500 English language learners. As of the 2014-2015 school year, the most common five languages spoken by ELLs in Alaska were Yupik, Spanish, Filipino, Inupiaq, and Samoan. (U.S. Dept. of Education, National Center for Education Statistics)
Alaska is a member of WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment), joining in 2011. 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: Alaska Department of Education & Early Development
ELL Website: English Language Learner and Title III Resources
ELP Standards & Assessment
ELP Standards: WIDA English Language Proficiency Standards
ELP Assessment: WIDA-ACCESS for ELLs
Statewide Standards-Based Assessment
Assessment: Alaska Student Assessments
Accommodations: Alaska Accomodations Information
NCELA: Title III Information
WIDA: Alaska Contact Information
Common Core State Standards: Yes
ESSA: Alaska ESSA State Plan
Alaska Association of Bilingual Education
AKABE supports bilingual and ESL programs at both the K-12 and adult levels and advocates for parent involvement in the education of children both at home and at school.
Alaska Child Parent Resource Center (Serving the Mat-Su borough)
The Alaska PTI connects families and schools throughout Alaska to enhance the academic achievement of all students.
Alaska Public Employees Association
Since 1980, APEA and AFT individually and collectively have been working with white collar employees to assist them in exercising their right to bargain.
NEA-Alaska 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.
Alaska: Seal of Biliteracy
Alaska is in the early stages of the Seal of Biliteracy with a pilot program underway at the local level in Anchorage. 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.