As of the 2016-2017 school year, New Jersey’s schools were home to more than 70,500 English language learners. As of the 2014-2015 school year, the most common five languages spoken by ELLs in New Jersey were Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Portuguese, and Korean. (U.S. Dept. of Education, National Center for Education Statistics)
New Jersey is a member of WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment), joining in 2005. 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: New Jersey Department of Education
ELL Web Resources:
Division of Early Education: Preschool Guidance & Materials
ELP Standards & Assessment
ELP Standards: WIDA English Language Proficiency Standards
ELP Assessment: WIDA-ACCESS for ELLs
Statewide Standards-Based Assessment
Assessment: New Jersey Assessment Website
NCELA: Title III Information
WIDA: New Jersey Contact Information
Common Core: Yes
ESSA: New Jersey ESSA State Plan
New Jersey Education Association
New Jersey 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.
New Jersey Federation of Teachers
The New Jersey Federation of Teachers promotes statewide organization and unionization of teachers and all other personnel engaged in education in order to carry out the program and policies of the NJSFT and the American Federation of Teachers.
New Jersey TESOL/New Jersey Bilingual Educators
NJTESOL/NJBE is an association of educators and administrators dedicated to the instruction English language learners at all levels of public and private education. The organization's interests include classroom practices, research, curriculum development, funding, employment and socio-political concerns.
PennTESOL-East is a professional, non-profit association in eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, and Delaware dedicated to the improvement and advancement of teaching English to speakers of other languages.
New Jersey: Seal of Biliteracy
New Jersey 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.