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
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]
NCELA: Title III Information
WIDA: Statewide Contact Information
Common Core State Standards: No
ESSA: Virginia ESSA State Plan
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.
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.