As of the 2016-2017 school year, Arizona's schools were home to more than 70,500 English language learners. As of the 2014-2015 school year, the most common four languages spoken by ELLs in Arizona were Spanish, Vietnamese, Navajo, and Somali. (U.S. Dept. of Education, National Center for Education Statistics)
State ELL Resources
State Agency: Arizona Department of Education
ELL Website: Office of English Language Acquisition Services (OELAS)
ELL Guidance & Documents: State ELL Forms
State Regulations: Structured Immersion Task Force Website
Placement Exam: Arizona English Language Learner Assessment (AZELLA)
ELP Standards & Assessment
Statewide ELP Standards: AZ English Language Proficiency Standards
Statewide Assessment of English Language Development: Arizona English Language Learner Assessment (AZELLA)
Arizona's State Department of Education provides Local Education Agencies [LEAs] with key laws and regulations regarding the education of English learners. This includes the requirement that students be taught in English using a format that the state refers to as structured English immersion (SEI).
Statewide Standards-Based Assessment
Assessment: Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS)
NCELA: Title III Information
The state website provides additional Title III resources.
Common Core State Standards: Yes
ESSA: Arizona ESSA State Plan
Arizona Education Association
Arizona 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.
AZ-TESOL (Arizona TESOL) is the Arizona state affiliate of TESOL, the international professional organization for educators in the field of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.
Arizona: Seal of Biliteracy
Arizona has a statewide Seal of Biliteracy, adopted in 2016. 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.
Parent Resource Centers
State parent information resource centers are listed in this directory compiled by the Center for Parent Information & Resources.