Kansas: ELL Resources

As of the 2012-13 school year, Kansas's schools were home to more than 49,000 English language learners (ELLs), which marks a 175% increase from the 2002-2003 school year (Migration Policy Institute, 2015). Currently, the most common languages spoken by ELLs in Kansas are Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Arabic.

State ELL Resources

State Agency: Kansas State Department of Education

English Learner Website: ESOL Resources from Kansas Department of Education

ELP Standards

ELP Standards: Kansas Standards for English Learners

Statewide Standards-Based Assessment

Assessment: Kansas Assessment System

ELL Accommodations: Accommodation information is available on the state assessment website.

Additional Information

NCELA: Title III Information

Common Core State Standards: Yes

ESSA: Kansas ESSA State Plan


Statewide Organizations

Kansas Association of Public Employees

KAPE is the largest public employee union in the State of Kansas and the state affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers.

Kansas National Education Association

Kansas National 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.

FamiliesTogether, Inc.

Families Together, Inc. is the Kansas Parent Training and Information (PTI) & Family-to-Family Health Information (F2F) Center. 501 (c )3 non-profit organization that provides support and information for families of children, from birth to age 26, with disabilities and/or special health care needs. Programs are offered at no cost to families, and are available in English and Spanish.

Mid-America TESOL

MIDTESOL serves mid-America teachers of English from Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, and Missouri to speakers of other languages.

Kansas: Seal of Biliteracy

Kansas 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. Kansas Rate of EL Growth (1997/98-2007/08). Compiled July 2010 and retrieved from http://www.ncela.gwu.edu/t3sis/state/kansas/.