Nebraska: ELL Resources

As of the 2012-13 school year, Nebraska's schools were home to more than 18,000 English language learners (ELLs), which marks a 34% increase from the 2002-2003 school year (Migration Policy Institute, 2015). Currently, the most common five languages spoken by ELLs in Nebraska are Spanish, Karen, Arabic, Vietnamese, and Somali.

For more on ELLs in Nebraska, see the following:

State ELL Resources

State Agency: Nebraska Department of Education

ELL Website: Title III/LEP Information

ELL Resources: Nebraska ELL Resource Page

ELP Standards

ELP Standards: ELPA21

Statewide Assessments

Assessment Information: State Assessment Information

Additional Information

NCELA: Title III Information

Common Core State Standards: Yes

ESSA: Nebraska ESSA State Plan

Statewide Organizations

Mid-America TESOL

MIDTESOL serves mid-America teachers of English from Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, and Missouri to speakers of other languages.

Nebraska International Languages Association

The Nebraska International Languages Association (NILA) is a professional organization dedicated to the support and promotion of the teaching of languages in the state of Nebraska.

Nebraska State Education Association

Nebraska 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.

PTI Nebraska

PTI Nebraska (Parent Training and Information) is a statewide resource for families of children with disabilities and special health care needs.

Nebraska: Seal of Biliteracy

Nebraska is in the early stages of 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.


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. Ohio Rate of EL Growth (1997/98-2007/08). Compiled July 2010 and retrieved from