Mississippi: ELL Resources

As of the 2015-16 school year, Mississippi's schools were home to more than 11,000 English language learners (ELLs), which marks a 129% increase from the 2005-2006 school year (Migration Policy Institute, 2015). Currently, the most common five languages spoken by ELLs in Mississippi are Spanish, Vietnamese, Arabic, Chinese, and Gujarati.

State ELL Resources

State Agency: Mississippi Department of Education

ELL Website: English Language Learners

ELP Assessment

ELP Assessment: ELPT Resource Section

Statewide Standards-Based Assessment

Assessment: Mississippi Assessment Program

Additional Information

NCELA: Title III Information

Common Core State Standards: Yes

ESSA: Mississippi ESSA State Plan

Statewide Organizations

AFT Mississippi

The mission of AFT Mississippi, the statewide affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers, is to advance the interests of our members and the institutions in which they work.

Alabama-Mississippi TESOL

AMTESOL was founded in 1982, and membership is open to everyone interested in and or involved in the teaching and administration programs in English as a second or foreign language.

Mississippi Association of Educators

Mississippi 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.

Mississippi Parent Training and Information Center

The MS PTI staff is made up of dedicated parents of children with disabilities, individuals with disabilities, and professionals who care about the future of all children in Mississippi.

Seal of Biliteracy Update: Mississippi

Mississippi is considering 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. If you are aware of schools or districts that have adopted the Seal of Biliteracy in the state, send an update to the official Seal of Biliteracy site!



Historical National and State PreK-12 Total and ELL Enrollment Numbers: 1997-1998 to 2007-2008. Migration Policy Institute: migrationpolicy.org/sites/default/files/language_portal/statecharts.xlsx

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