Idaho: ELL Resources

As of the 2012-13 school year, Idaho's schools were home to more than 18,000 English language learners (ELLs), which marks a 2% decrease from the 2002-2003 school year (Migration Policy Institute, 2015). Currently, the most common five languages spoken by ELLs in Idaho are Spanish, Arabic , North American Indian, Somali, and Nepali.

Idaho is a member of WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment), joining in 2015. 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: Idaho State Department of Education

ELL Website: ELL & Migrant Education Website

ELP Standards & Assessment

ELP Standards: WIDA English Language Proficiency Standards

ELP Assessment: WIDA-ACCESS for ELLs

Statewide Standards-Based Assessment

Assessment: Idaho Assessment Website

Additional Information:

NCELA: Title III Information

WIDA: Idaho Contact Information

Common Core State Standards: Yes

ESSA: Idaho ESSA State Plan


Statewide Organizations

Idaho Education Association

Idaho 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.

Idaho State Parent Information Resource Centers

The Idaho PIRC is a statewide collaboration of five programs which employs broad-based statewide strategies to provide services to support families, parents, schools, and communities as they come together for student success.

Intermountain TESOL

Intermountain TESOL, an affiliate of International TESOL, provides professional development for ESL teachers in Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming.

Seal of Biliteracy Update: Idaho

Idaho does not yet have a Seal of Biliteracy. 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. If you are aware of schools or districts that have adopted the Seal of Biliteracy in the state, send an update to the official Seal of Biliteracy site!



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. Idaho Rate of EL Growth (1997/98-2007/08). Compiled July 2010 and retrieved from