As of the 2016-2017 school year, Kentucky’s schools were home to more than 21,500 English language learners. As of the 2014-2015 school year, the most common five languages spoken by ELLs in Kentucky were Spanish, Arabic, Somali, Nepali, and Chinese. (U.S. Dept. of Education, National Center for Education Statistics)
Kentucky is a member of WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment), joining in 2006. 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: Kentucky Department of Education
ELL Website: English Learner and Immigrant Resources
ELP Standards & Assessment
ELP Standards: WIDA English Language Proficiency Standards
ELP Assessment: WIDA-ACCESS for ELLs
Statewide Standards-Based Assessment
Assessment: Kentucky Assessment Website
NCELA: Title III Information
WIDA: Kentucky Contact Information
Common Core State Standards: Yes
ESSA: Kentucky ESSA State Plan
Kentucky Education Association
Kentucky 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.
Kentucky Special Parent Involvement Network (KY-SPIN)
The mission of KY-SPIN, Inc. is to link families and individuals with disabilities to valuable resources that will enable them to live productive, fulfilling lives.
Kentucky TESOL, Inc. (KYTESOL) is a statewide professional organization for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages.
Kentucky: Seal of Biliteracy
Kentucky is in the early stages of the 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.