Delaware: ELL Resources

As of the 2012-13 school year, Delaware's schools were home to more than 7,500 English language learners (ELLs), which marks a 118% increase from the 2002-2003 school year (Migration Policy Institute, 2015). Currently, the most common five languages spoken by ELLs in Delaware are Spanish, Creole and Pidgin, Chinese, Arabic, and Afrikaans.

Delaware is a member of WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment), joining in 2003. 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: Delaware Department of Education

ELL Website: Language Instruction for Limited English Proficient and Immigrant Students

ELP Standards & Assessment

ELP Standards: WIDA English Language Proficiency Standards

ELP Assessment: WIDA-ACCESS for ELLs

Statewide Standards-Based Assessment

Assessment: Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS)

Additional Information

NCELA: Title III Information

WIDA: Delaware Contact Information

Common Core State Standards: Yes

ESSA: Delaware ESSA State Plan


Statewide Organizations

Delaware English Language Learners Teachers and Advocates Association (DELLTA)

DELLTA advocates for legislation, funding, community involvement, and ever-improving education for ELLs in Delaware. DELLTA brings ESL educators together, raises awareness of their needs and talents, and provides scholarships that celebrate ELLs' achievements.

Delaware State Education Association

Delaware State 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.

Delaware State Parent Information Centers (PIC)

PIC has a unique role in Delaware. PIC is the only organization in the state charged by the US Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, to provide information and support to parents of children with disabilities from birth to 26 to help them access appropriate education and related services for their children.


PennTESOL-East is a professional, non-profit association in eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, and Delaware dedicated to the improvement and advancement of teaching English to speakers of other languages.

Delaware: Seal of Biliteracy

The Seal of Biliteracy is currently under consideration in Delaware. 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. Delaware Rate of EL Growth (1997/98-2007/08). Compiled July 2010 and retrieved from