Georgia: ELL Resources

Map of Georgia

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)

ELL Website:

ELL Identification

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

Additional Information

Title III Information

WIDA: Georgia Contact Information

Common Core State Standards: Yes

ESSA: Georgia ESSA State Plan

Statewide Organizations

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

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.

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:


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.