Virginia: ELL Resources

Map of Virginia

As of the 2016-2017 school year, Virginia’s schools were home to a little over 100,500 English language learners. As of the 2014-2015 school year, the most common five languages spoken by ELLs in Virginia were Spanish, Arabic, Vietnamese, Urdu, and Chinese. (U.S. Dept. of Education, National Center for Education Statistics)

Virginia 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: Virginia Department of Education

ELL Websites:

ELP Standards & Assessment

ELP Standards: WIDA English Language Proficiency Standards

ELP Assessment: WIDA-ACCESS for ELLs

State Resources: Virginia ELP Assessment Resources

Statewide Standards-Based Assessment

Assessment: Virginia State Department of Education Standards of Learning [SOL]

Additional Information

NCELA: Title III Information

WIDA: Statewide Contact Information

Common Core State Standards: No

ESSA: Virginia ESSA State Plan


Statewide Organizations

Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (VA)

The Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center builds positive futures for Virginia's children by working collaboratively with families, schools and communities in order to improve opportunities for excellence in education and success in school and community life. PEATC has a special focus on children with disabilities.

Virginia Education Association

Virginia 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.

Virginia TESOL

VATESOL is a professional organization dedicated to promoting professional development, strengthening instruction, and supporting research opportunities at all levels for teachers and administrators of ESL/EFL/ESOL in Virginia.

Virginia: Seal of Biliteracy

Virginia 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.

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:

References

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.