Michigan: ELL Resources
As of 2019, Michigan’s schools were home to more than 93,000 English language learners. In recent years, the most common five languages spoken by ELLs in Michigan have been Spanish, Arabic, Bengali, Albanian, and Chinese. (U.S. Dept. of Education, National Center for Education Statistics)
Minnesota is a member of WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment), joining in 2010. 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.
Note: For additional state-by-state data and information, see New America's English Learner Accountability Hub.
State ELL Resources
Michigan Department of Education
- State ELL Website: English Learner and Immigrant Education Programs
- Professional Development: Professional Learning & State Continuing Education Hours (including ESL courses)
- Multilingual Certifications: Michigan Seal of Biliteracy
- NCELA: Title III Information
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- Getting to Know Our Families’ Cultural and Social Assets: The View from Dearborn, MI
Note: Regulations change with time. These guidelines were compiled in January of 2012 and updated in May 2022. 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.