Florida: ELL Resources

Map of Florida

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)

Additional Information

NCELA: Title III Information

WIDA: Florida Contact Information

Common Core State Standards: Yes

ESSA: Florida ESSA State Plan


Statewide Organizations

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.

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.