As of the 2016-2017 school year, Florida's schools were home to more than 288,500 English language learners. As of the 2014-2015 school year, the most common five languages spoken by ELLs in Florida were Spanish, Haitian and Haitian-Creole, Portuguese, Arabic, and Vietnamese. (U.S. Dept. of Education, National Center for Education Statistics)
Florida is a member of WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment). 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: Florida Department of Education
ELL Website: Bureau of Student Achievement through Language Acquisition
ELP Standards & Assessment
ELP Standards: WIDA English Language Proficiency Standards
ELP Assessment: WIDA-ACCESS for ELLs
Statewide Standards-Based Assessment
Assessment: Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT)
NCELA: Title III Information
WIDA: Florida Contact Information
Common Core State Standards: Yes
ESSA: Florida ESSA State Plan
Central Florida TESOL
Central Florida TESOL is an organization committed to the promotion of the scholarship of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and English Language Learners in Central Florida and beyond.
Florida Center for Reading Research
The Florida Center for Reading Research conducts basic research on reading, reading growth, reading assessment, and reading instruction; disseminates information about research-based practices related to literacy instruction and assessment for children in pre-school through 12th grade; and conducts applied research that will have an immediate impact on policy and practices related to literacy instruction in Florida.
Florida Education Association
Florida Education Association, a statewide affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers, educates the public and supporters of public education to build a consensus for standards of excellence in our educational system.
Florida State Parent Information Resource Centers
Family Network on Disabilities of Florida, Inc. is a statewide resource provider and network for people who may be at-risk, have disabilities, or have special needs, as well as for their families and concerned citizens.
Sunshine State TESOL
Sunshine State TESOL is committed to building a community of professionals teaching ESL (English as a Second Language) in the state of Florida.
Florida: Seal of Biliteracy
Florida adopted the Seal of Biliteracy in 2016, following a pilot program in local districts. 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.