As of the 2016-2017 school year, South Carolina’s schools were home to more than 44,000 English language learners. As of the 2014-2015 school year, the most common five languages spoken by ELLs in South Carolina were Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Arabic. (U.S. Dept. of Education, National Center for Education Statistics)
State ELL Resources
State Agency: South Carolina Department of Education
ELL Website: ESEA Title III
Statewide Standards-Based Assessment
Assessment: Statewide Assessment Information
NCELA: Title III Information
WIDA Contact Information: South Carolina
Common Core State Standards: Yes
ESSA: South Carolina ESSA State Plan
Carolina TESOL is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to improve the quality of education for English language learners in North and South Carolina and to promote effective intercultural communication and understanding.
South Carolina Education Association
South Carolina 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.
Family Connection South Carolina
Family Connection assists parents and families in navigating systems that provide healthcare, early intervention, special education, general education, and postsecondary options for their children.
Seal of Biliteracy Guidelines: South Carolina
South Carolina 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.