North Carolina: ELL Resources

As of the 2012-13 school year, North Carolina's schools were home to more than 102,000 English language learners (ELLs), which marks a 71% increase from the 2002-2003 school year (Migration Policy Institute, 2015). Currently, the most common five languages spoken by ELLs in North Carolina are Spanish, Arabic, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Hmong.

North Carolina is a member of WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment), joining in 2008. 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: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

ELL Website: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction English as a Second Language (ESL)

ELL Manual: Title III/ESL/LEP Coordinator Handbook (Livebinder)

ELP Standards & Assessment

ELP Standards: WIDA English Language Proficiency Standards

ELP Assessment: WIDA-ACCESS for ELLs

North Carolina Department of Education: Testing Students Identified as ELLs

Statewide Standards-Based Assessment

Assessment: North Carolina Testing Program

Additional Information

NCELA: Title III Information

WIDA: North Carolina Contact Information

Common Core State Standards: Yes

ESSA: North Carolina ESSA State Plan


Statewide Organizations

Carolina TESOL

Carolina TESOL is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to improve the quality of education for English language learners in North and South Carolina and to promote effective intercultural communication and understanding.

North Carolina Association of Educators

North Carolina 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.

North Carolina: Seal of Biliteracy

North Carolina adopted the Seal of Biliteracy in 2015. 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.

Exceptional Children's Assistance Center

ECAC is dedicated to empowering families and improving lives, particularly for North Carolina families raising children ages 0 to 26 with disabilities.

Pakistani American Anjuman

The Pakistani American Anjuman is a non-political, non-sectarian, cultural, and social organization that strives to promote the presence of the people from Pakistan living in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Our mission is to provide cultural and social interaction for the families and individuals of the Pakistani community and to offer a variety of programs and services to its members.



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