Maryland: ELL Resources

Map of Maryland

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

Additional Information

NCELA: Title III Information

WIDA: Statewide Contact Information

Common Core State Standards: Yes

ESSA: Maryland ESSA State Plan

Statewide Organizations

AFT Maryland

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

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.

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:


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.