As of the 2016-2017 school year, Kansas’s schools were home to more than 54,500 English language learners. As of the 2014-2015 school year, the most common five languages spoken by ELLs in Kansas were Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Arabic, and Lao. (U.S. Dept. of Education, National Center for Education Statistics)
State ELL Resources
State Agency: Kansas State Department of Education
English Learner Website: ESOL Resources from Kansas Department of Education
ELP Standards: Kansas Standards for English Learners
Statewide Standards-Based Assessment
Assessment: Kansas Assessment System
ELL Accommodations: Accommodation information is available on the state assessment website.
NCELA: Title III Information
Common Core State Standards: Yes
ESSA: Kansas ESSA State Plan
Kansas Association of Public Employees
KAPE is the largest public employee union in the State of Kansas and the state affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers.
Kansas National Education Association
Kansas National 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.
Families Together, Inc. is the Kansas Parent Training and Information (PTI) & Family-to-Family Health Information (F2F) Center. 501 (c )3 non-profit organization that provides support and information for families of children, from birth to age 26, with disabilities and/or special health care needs. Programs are offered at no cost to families, and are available in English and Spanish.
MIDTESOL serves mid-America teachers of English from Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, and Missouri to speakers of other languages.
Kansas: Seal of Biliteracy
Kansas 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.