As of the 2016-2017 school year, Missouri’s schools were home to more than 29,500 English language learners. As of the 2014-2015 school year, the most common five languages spoken by ELLs in Missouri were Spanish, Arabic, Bosnian, Vietnamese, and Somali. (U.S. Dept. of Education, National Center for Education Statistics)
Missouri 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.
State ELL Resources
State Agency: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
ELL Website: English Language Learners (ELL)
ELP Standards & Assessment
ELP Standards: WIDA English Language Proficiency Standards
ELP Assessment: WIDA-ACCESS for ELLs
Statewide Standards-Based Assessment
Assessment: Missouri Assessment Program (MAP)
NCELA: Title III Information
WIDA: Missouri Contact Information
Common Core State Standards: Yes
ESSA: Missouri ESSA State Plan
AFT-Missouri is a statewide affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers that is committed to protecting the employment rights of our members, building support for Missouri&s public schools, and improving educational opportunities for all children.
MIDTESOL serves mid-America teachers of English from Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, and Missouri to speakers of other languages.
Missouri NEA 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.
Missouri Parents Act
The MPACT mission is to empower families to advocate for themselves so that children with special educational needs can reach their full potential in education and life – through support, training, and education.
Missouri: Seal of Biliteracy
Missouri has adopted the 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.