Idaho: ELL Resources

Map of Idaho

As of the 2016-2017 school year, Idaho's schools were home to more than 16,000 English language learners. As of the 2014-2015 school year, the most common five languages spoken by ELLs in Idaho were Spanish, Arabic, Somali, Swahili, and Nepali. (U.S. Dept. of Education, National Center for Education Statistics)

Idaho is a member of WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment), joining in 2015. 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: Idaho State Department of Education

ELL Website: ELL & Migrant Education Website

ELP Standards & Assessment

ELP Standards: WIDA English Language Proficiency Standards

ELP Assessment: WIDA-ACCESS for ELLs

Statewide Standards-Based Assessment

Assessment: Idaho Assessment Website

Additional Information:

NCELA: Title III Information

WIDA: Idaho Contact Information

Common Core State Standards: Yes

ESSA: Idaho ESSA State Plan


Statewide Organizations

Idaho Education Association

Idaho Education 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.

Idaho State Parent Information Resource Centers

The Idaho PIRC is a statewide collaboration of five programs which employs broad-based statewide strategies to provide services to support families, parents, schools, and communities as they come together for student success.

Intermountain TESOL

Intermountain TESOL, an affiliate of International TESOL, provides professional development for ESL teachers in Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming.

Seal of Biliteracy Update: Idaho

Idaho does not yet have a Seal of Biliteracy. 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. If you are aware of schools or districts that have adopted the Seal of Biliteracy in the state, send an update to the official Seal of Biliteracy site!

 

Research and Reports

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.