As of the 2016-2017 school year, Iowa's schools were home to more than 28,500 English language learners. As of the 2014-2015 school year, the most common five languages spoken by ELLs in Iowa were Spanish, Vietnamese, Arabic, Bosnian, and Karen languages. (U.S. Dept. of Education, National Center for Education Statistics)
State ELL Resources
State Agency: Iowa Department of Education
ELL Website: English Language Learners
ELP Standards: ELPA21
Statewide Standards-Based Assessment
Assessment: Iowa Assessments
NCELA: Title III Information
Common Core State Standards: Yes
ESSA: Iowa ESSA State Plan
Iowa State Education Association
Iowa 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.
ASK Resource Center
ASK (Access for Special Kids) Resource Center serves as the state of Iowa’s parent training and information center for families of children with disabilities.
MIDTESOL serves mid-America teachers of English from Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, and Missouri to speakers of other languages.
Iowa: Seal of Biliteracy
The Seal of Biliteracy has been adopted statewide in Iowa. 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.