As of the 2016-2017 school year, Massachusetts’s schools were home to more than 86,500 English language learners. As of the 2014-2015 school year, the most common five languages spoken by ELLs in Massachusetts were Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Haitian and Haitian-Creole, and Portuguese-based creoles and pidgins. (U.S. Dept. of Education, National Center for Education Statistics)
Massachusetts is a member of WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment). 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: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
ELL Website: English Language Learners
ELL Resources: Identification, Assessment, Placement, & Reclassification of ELs
Home Language Survey: Massachusetts provides a suggested Home Language Survey translated into multiple languages.
Title III: Title III Guidance
ELP Standards & Assessment
ELP Standards: WIDA English Language Proficiency Standards
ELP Assessment: WIDA-ACCESS for ELLs
Statewide Standards-Based Assessment
Assessment: Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System
NCELA: Title III Information
WIDA: Massachusetts Contact Information
Common Core State Standards: Yes
ESSA: Massachusetts ESSA State Plan
AFT Massachusetts is a statewide affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers that works for education reform and the preservation of public schools.
Massachusetts Association of Teachers to Speakers of Other Languages
Massachusetts Association of Teachers of Speakers of Other Languages (MATSOL) is a professional association representing teachers, English language learners and their families in K-12 public schools in Massachusetts.
Massachusetts DOE Resources for Family and Community Involvement
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education offers resources for family literacy and community involvement, providing information about program design and links to other useful Web sites.
Massachusetts DOE Resources for Family and Community Involvement: Additional Resources
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education offers online federal resources for educational excellence, family resources from the MA Department of Social Services, and guidelines for learning at museums.
Federation for Children for Special Needs
Provides information, support, and assistance to parents of children with disabilities, their professional partners, and their communities.
Massachusetts Teachers Association
Massachusetts 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.
Massachusetts: Seal of Biliteracy
On November 22, 2017, Governor Baker signed into law the "Act Relative to Language Opportunity for Our Kids," Chapter 138 of the Acts of 2017, commonly referred to as the LOOK Act. The State Seal of Biliteracy is one of the key elements of the LOOK Act. 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.