As of the 2016-2017 school year, Maryland’s schools were home to more than 69,000 English language learners. As of the 2014-2015 school year, the most common five languages spoken by ELLs in Maryland were Spanish, French, Chinese, Amharic, and Vietnamese. (U.S. Dept. of Education, National Center for Education Statistics)
Maryland is a member of WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment). 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: Maryland State Department of Education
ELL Website: English Language Learners
ELP Standards & Assessment
ELP Standards: WIDA English Language Proficiency Standards
ELP Assessment: WIDA-ACCESS for ELLs
Statewide Standards-Based Assessment
Assessment: Maryland Assessment Website
NCELA: Title III Information
WIDA: Statewide Contact Information
Common Core State Standards: Yes
ESSA: Maryland ESSA State Plan
AFT-Maryland is a statewide affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) that advocates for the rights of teachers and state workers.
Maryland State Education Association
Maryland 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.
Maryland State Parent Information Resource Centers
The Maryland State Parental Information Resource Center (PIRC) is designed to assist Maryland parents and educators to address issues related to family involvement and closing the achievement gap.
Maryland TESOL is a professional, non-profit association dedicated to the improvement and advancement of teaching English to speakers of other languages.
Maryland: Seal of Biliteracy
Maryland adopted the Seal of Biliteracy in 2016, signed into law by Governor Larry Hogan. 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.
Maryland Vietnamese Mutual Association (MVMA)
MVMA works out of Silver Spring, Maryland and provides services such as Vietnamese-English translation, naturalization, family reunion and employment. MVMA promotes the active participation of Asian Americans in the community and civic affairs at all levels. MVMA also hosts tutoring and recreational programs for members of the Vietnamese community.