Indiana: ELL Resources

Map of Indiana

As of the 2016-2017 school year, Indiana's schools were home to more than 50,500 English language learners. As of the 2014-2015 school year, the most common five languages spoken by ELLs in Indiana were Spanish, Burmese, German, Arabic, and Chinese. (U.S. Dept. of Education, National Center for Education Statistics)

Alabama is a member of WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment), joining in 2004. 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: Indiana Department of Education

ELL Website: Indiana Department of English Learning and Migrant Education

ELP Standards & Assessment

WIDA in Indiana Website: English Language Development Standards and Assessment

ELP Standards: WIDA English Language Proficiency Standards

ELP Assessment: WIDA-ACCESS for ELLs

Statewide Standards-Based Assessment

Assessment: Indiana Office of Student Assessment

Additional Information

NCELA: Title III Information

WIDA: Indiana Contact Information

ESSA: Indiana ESSA State Plan

Statewide Organizations

Indiana Federation of Teachers

The Indiana Federation of Teachers is the state affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers and the AFL-CIO.

Indiana State Parent Information Resource Center: IN*SOURCE

The mission of IN*SOURCE is to provide parents, families, individuals & service providers in the state of Indiana the information & training necessary to help assure effective educational programs & appropriate services for individuals with disabilities.

Indiana State Teachers Association

Indiana State Teachers 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.

Indiana TESOL

INTESOL is the Indiana affiliate of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages and is an all-volunteer group comprised of teachers, professors, administrators and university students.

Indiana: Seal of Biliteracy

Indiana adopted the Seal of Biliteracy in 2015 (signed into law by then-Governor Mike Pence). 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.


Note: Regulations change with time. These guidelines were compiled in January of 2012 and updated in January 2020. If you see something that needs updating, please send an e-mail to Colorín Colorado. For more detailed information regarding ELL guidelines and policies at the state and federal levels, please see the following:


National Center for Education Statistics. (2018.) English language learner (ELL) students enrolled in public elementary and secondary schools, by state: Selected years, fall 2000 through fall 2016. 

U.S. Department of Education. Our Nation’s English Learners. Most Common Non-English Languages Spoken by English Learners.