As of 2019, Arkansas's schools were home to more than 39,000 English language learners. In recent years, the most common five languages spoken by ELLs in Arkansas have been Spanish, Marshallese, Vietnamese, Lao, and Hmong. (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
ELL Website: English Learners Division
NCELA: Title III Information
ELPA21: ELPA21 Consortia
ARKTESOL members are professionals who work to serve our international neighbors in Arkansas through teaching and also promoting mutual understanding.
Arkansas: Seal of Biliteracy
Arkansas adopted the Seal of Biliteracy in 2018 following a pilot program led by the Arkansas Foreign Language Teachers Association and ARKTESOL. 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.
Arkansas Education Association
Arkansas 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.
Arkansas State Parent Information Resource Centers
The primary purposes of the Center for Effective Parenting /Arkansas PIRC are to enhance the developmental progress of children and to improve children's academic achievement through enhancing parental involvement
Parent Resource Centers
State parent information resource centers are listed in this directory compiled by the Center for Parent Information & Resources.