As of 2019, Rhode Island’s schools were home to a little over 17,000 English language learners. In recent years, the most common five languages spoken by ELLs in Rhode Island have been Spanish, Portuguese-based creoles and pidgins, Portuguese, Chinese, and Arabic. (U.S. Dept. of Education, National Center for Education Statistics)
Rhode Island is a member of WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment), joining in 2003. 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
ELL Website: English Language Learners
NCELA: Title III Information
WIDA: Rhode Island Contact Information
RITELL (Rhode Island Teachers of English Language Learners) is a non-profit organization for ESOL and Bilingual Education professionals in Rhode Island and an affiliate of TESOL.
Rhode Island: Seal of Biliteracy
Rhode Island 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.
NEA Rhode Island
NEA Rhode Island 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.
Rhode Island Federation of Teachers and Health Professionals
Rhode Island Federation of Teachers and Health Professionals is the State Affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers.
Rhode Island Parent Information Network (RIPIN)
RIPINs mission is to assist individuals, parents, families, and children to achieve their goals for health, education, and socio-economic well-being by providing information, training, education, support, and advocacy for person/family centered care and system change.
The College Planning Center of RI offers students and parents advice on college planning and financial aid. Information is available in Spanish.