Georgia: ELL Resources
As of the 2012-13 school year, Georgia's schools were home to more than 94,000 English language learners (ELLs), which marks a 33% increase from the 2002-2003 school year (Migration Policy Institute, 2015). Currently, the most common languages spoken by ELLs in Georgia are Spanish, Vietnamese, Korean, and Chinese.
Georgia is a member of WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment), joining in 2005. WIDA is a consortium of states dedicated to the design and implementation of high standards and equitable educational opportunities for English language learners which offers states programming for identifying and annually assessing the English language development of its English learners.
State ELL Resources
State Agency: Georgia State Department of Education (GaDOE)
Home Language Survey: A Home Language Survey must be used for all newly enrolling students to screen who should be assessed to determine if a student is an English learner.
Placement Exam: WIDA Screener (online or paper)
ELP Standards & Assessment
ELP Standards: WIDA English Language Proficiency Standards
ELP Assessment: WIDA-ACCESS for ELLs
Statewide Standards-Based Assessment
Assessment: Georgia Milestones Assessment System
Title III Information
Common Core State Standards: Yes
ESSA: Georgia ESSA State Plan
Georgia Association of Educators 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.
Georgia State PIRC's goal is to address barriers and weaknesses in communities such as poverty and illiteracy and to encourage families to realize the benefits of parental involvement and take advantage of services available that lead to the academic success of children.
Georgia TESOL, a registered non-profit organization, has been advocating for language learners and educators in Georgia since the early 1980s.
Georgia adopted the Seal of Biliteracy 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.
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. http://www.migrationpolicy.org/research/states-and-districts-highest-number-and-share-english-language-learners
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. http://www.migrationpolicy.org/research/number-and-growth-students-us-schools-need-english-instruction-2009
Office of English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement for Limited English Proficient Students. Georgia Rate of EL Growth (1997/98-2007/08). Compiled July 2010 and retrieved from http://www.ncela.gwu.edu/t3sis/state/georgia/.