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:
- New Immigrant Communities in the Heartland: An Interview with Dr. Ted Hamann
- When We Stop Counting: An Interview with Supt. Kyle McGowan
- Documentary: When We Stop Counting
State ELL Resources
State Agency: Nebraska Department of Education
ELL Website: Title III/LEP Information
ELL Resources: Nebraska ELL Resource Page
ELP Standards: ELPA21
Assessment Information: State Assessment Information
NCELA: Title III Information
Common Core State Standards: Yes
ESSA: Nebraska ESSA State Plan
MIDTESOL serves mid-America teachers of English from Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, and Missouri to speakers of other languages.
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 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 (Parent Training and Information) is a statewide resource for families of children with disabilities and special health care needs.
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. 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. Ohio Rate of EL Growth (1997/98-2007/08). Compiled July 2010 and retrieved from http://www.ncela.gwu.edu/t3sis/state/ohio/.