Kansas: ELL Resources

Map of Kansas

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

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.

Additional Information

NCELA: Title III Information

Common Core State Standards: Yes

ESSA: Kansas ESSA State Plan

Statewide Organizations

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.

FamiliesTogether, Inc.

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.

Mid-America TESOL

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.



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.