Pennsylvania: ELL Resources
Pennsylvania’s schools are home to more than 61,000 English language learners who speak 200+ languages. In recent years, the most common five languages spoken by ELLs in Pennsylvania have been Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Nepali, and Vietnamese. (U.S. Dept. of Education, National Center for Education Statistics)
Pennsylvania is a member of WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment), joining in 2006. 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
Pennsylvania Department of Education
- State ELL Website: English as a Second Language
- Professional Development: ESL Portal PA
- Multilingual Certifications: Pennsylvania Seal of Biliteracy
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:
U.S. Department of Education. Our Nation’s English Learners. Most Common Non-English Languages Spoken by English Learners.