As of the 2016-2017 school year, Georgia's schools were home to more than 114,000 English language learners. As of the 2014-2015 school year, the most common five languages spoken by ELLs in Georgia were Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean, and Arabic. (U.S. Dept. of Education, National Center for Education Statistics)
Georgia is a member of WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment), joining in 2005. 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: Georgia State Department of Education (GaDOE)
Home Language Survey: A Home Language Survey must be used for all newly enrolling students to screen who should be assessed to determine if a student is an English learner.
Placement Exam: WIDA Screener (online or paper)
ELP Standards & Assessment
ELP Standards: WIDA English Language Proficiency Standards
ELP Assessment: WIDA-ACCESS for ELLs
Statewide Standards-Based Assessment
Assessment: Georgia Milestones Assessment System
Title III Information
WIDA: Georgia Contact Information
Common Core State Standards: Yes
ESSA: Georgia ESSA State Plan
Georgia Association of Educators
Georgia 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.
Georgia State Parent Information Resource Centers
Georgia State PIRC's goal is to address barriers and weaknesses in communities such as poverty and illiteracy and to encourage families to realize the benefits of parental involvement and take advantage of services available that lead to the academic success of children.
Georgia TESOL, a registered non-profit organization, has been advocating for language learners and educators in Georgia since the early 1980s.
Georgia: Seal of Biliteracy
Georgia adopted the Seal of Biliteracy in 2016. 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.