Louisiana: ELL Resources

Map of Louisiana

As of the 2016-2017 school year, Louisiana’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 Louisiana were Spanish, Vietnamese, Arabic, Chinese, and French. (U.S. Dept. of Education, National Center for Education Statistics)


State ELL Resources

State Agency: Louisiana Department of Education

ELL Website: Resources for English Learners

ELP Standards & Assessment

ELP Standards: Louisiana Connectors for ELLs

ELP Assessments: English Language Proficiency Screener (ELPS) / English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT)

Statewide Standards-Based Assessment

Assessment: Louisiana Assessment Website

Additional Information

NCELA: Title III Information

Common Core State Standards: Yes

ESSA: Louisiana ESSA State Plan


Statewide Organizations

Louisiana Association of Educators

Louisiana Association of Educators 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.

Louisiana Federation of Teachers

The Louisiana Federation of Teachers is a state affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers that represents the economic, social and professional interests of classroom teachers.

Louisiana State Parent Information Resource Center (Harahan, LA)

Volunteers of America's central purpose for providing the Louisiana Parental Information & Resource Centers program is to promote the educational success of at-risk youth.

Louisiana State CPRC (New Orleans, LA)

Pyramid Community Parent Resource central purpose for providing the Louisiana Parental Information & Resource Centers program is to promote the educational success of at-risk youth.

Louisiana TESOL

LaTESOL is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the professional development of the teacher of ESOL within the state of Louisiana.

Louisiana: Seal of Biliteracy

Louisiana adopted the Seal of Biliteracy in 2014. 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:

References

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.