As of the 2016-2017 school year, Hawaii's schools were home to more than 12,500 English language learners. As of the 2014-2015 school year, the most common five languages spoken by ELLs in Hawaii were Iloko, Chuukese, Marshallese, Tagalog, and Spanish. (U.S. Dept. of Education, National Center for Education Statistics)
Hawaii is a member of WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment), joining in 2009. 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: Hawaii State Department of Education
ELL Website: English Language Learner Program
Placement Exam: WIDA-ACCESS Placement Test (W-APT)
ELP Standards & Assessment
ELP Standards: WIDA English Language Proficiency Standards
ELP Assessment: WIDA-ACCESS for ELLs
Statewide Standards-Based Assessment
Assessment: Hawaii State Assessment
NCELA: Title III Information
WIDA: Hawaii Contact Information
Common Core State Standards: Yes
ESSA: Hawaii ESSA State Plan
Hawaii State Parent Information Resource Centers
The overall goal of the Hawaii State PIRC is to increase parental involvement in their children's education to improve academic achievement and to strengthen school-family-community partnerships in meeting children's educational needs.
Hawaii State Teachers Association
Hawaii State Teachers 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.
Hawaii TESOL is committed to building a community of professionals teaching ESL (English as a Second Language) in the State of Hawaii.
Hawaii: Seal of Biliteracy
Hawaii 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.