Mississippi: ELL Resources

Map of Mississippi

As of the 2016-2017 school year, Mississippi’s schools were home to more than 13,000 English language learners. As of the 2014-2015 school year, the most common five languages spoken by ELLs in Mississippi were Spanish, Arabic, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Gujarati. (U.S. Dept. of Education, National Center for Education Statistics)

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!

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.