Montana: ELL Resources

As of the 2012-13 school year, Montana's schools were home to more than 3,500 English language learners (ELLs), which marks a 44% decrease from the 2002-2003 school year (Migration Policy Institute, 2015). Currently, the most common languages spoken by ELLs in Montana are German, Spanish, North American Indian, and Russian.

Montana is a member of WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment), joining in 2011. 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: Montana Office of Public Instruction

ELL Website: Title III Website

ELP Standards & Assessment

ELP Standards: WIDA English Language Proficiency Standards

ELP Assessment: WIDA-ACCESS for ELLs

Statewide Standards-Based Assessment

Assessment: Montana Comprehensive Assessment System (MontCAS)

Additional Information

Montana Indian Education

NCELA: Title III Information

WIDA: Montana Contact Information

Common Core State Standards: Yes

ESSA: Montana ESSA State Plan

Statewide Organizations


MEA-MFT, the statewide affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association in Montana, advances the interests of our members and the educational institutions in which they work.

Montana Association of Language Teachers

Founded in 1954, the association provides its members with pedagogical assistance and linguistic resources for language instruction at elementary, secondary, and university levels. The member organization has an annual conference in the spring, workshops in conjunction with the MEA/MFT Conference in October, and provides a website and dynamic community full of resources. MALT is a constituent of the Pacific Northwest Council on Foreign Languages (PNCFL) and the American council on the Teaching of Foreign​Languages (ACTFL).

Parents, Let's United for Kids

Parents, Let's Unite for Kids Parent Center unites parents, professionals, families and friends of children and young adults, especially kids with special needs to support one another, and share information for the benefit of children in Montana.

Seal of Biliteracy Update: Montana

Montana does not yet have a 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!



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.

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.

Office of English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement for Limited English Proficient Students. Montana Rate of EL Growth (1997/98-2007/08). Compiled July 2010 and retrieved from