As of the 2016-2017 school year, North Dakota’s schools were home to a little over 3,000 English language learners. As of the 2014-2015 school year, the most common five languages spoken by ELLs in North Dakota were Spanish, Somali, Nepali, Arabic, and Bosnian. (U.S. Dept. of Education, National Center for Education Statistics)
North Dakota is a member of WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment), joining in 2009. 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: North Dakota Department of Public Instruction
ELL Website: English Learner/Multicultural Education
Placement Exam: WIDA-ACCESS Placement Test
ELP Standards & Assessment
ELP Standards: WIDA English Language Proficiency Standards
ELP Assessment: WIDA-ACCESS for ELLs
Statewide Standards-Based Assessment
Assessment: Statewide Assessments
NCELA: Title III Information
WIDA: North Dakota Contact Information
Common Core State Standards: Yes
ESSA: North Dakota ESSA State Plan
Dakota TESOL provides support, advocacy, and professional development opportunities for those in the Dakotas and surrounding states who work with English as a second language students or English language learners.
North Dakota United
North Dakota United 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.
Pathfinder Services of North Dakota
Pathfinder Services of ND is a nonprofit organization that provides information, training, individual assistance, and resources to parents of children that are at-risk due to learning challenges or have disabilities (age birth to 26).
Seal of Biliteracy Update: North Dakota
North Dakota recognizes the Seal of Biliteracy, 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. If you are aware of schools or districts that have adopted the Seal of Biliteracy in the state, send an update to the official Seal of Biliteracy site!