As of the 2016-2017 school year, Utah’s schools were home to more than 41,000 English language learners. As of the 2014-2015 school year, the most common five languages spoken by ELLs in Utah were Spanish, Navajo, Arabic, Somali, and Vietnamese. (U.S. Dept. of Education, National Center for Education Statistics)
Utah is a member of WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment). 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: Utah State Office of Education
ELL Website: Dual Immersion
ELP Standards & Assessment
ELP Standards: WIDA English Language Proficiency Standards
ELP Assessment: WIDA-ACCESS for ELLs
Statewide Standards-Based Assessment
Assessment: Utah Assessment Information
NCELA: Title III Information
WIDA: Utah Contact Information
Common Core State Standards: Yes
ESSA: Utah ESSA State Plan
AFT Utah is the state's affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers.
Intermountain TESOL, an affiliate of International TESOL, provides professional development for ESL teachers in Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming.
Utah Education Association
Utah 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.
Utah Parent Center
The mission of the Utah Parent Center (UPC or Center) is to help parents help their children, youth and young adults with all disabilities to live included, productive lives as members of the community.
Utah: Seal of Biliteracy
Utah adopted the Seal of Biliteracy in 2015. 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. In Utah, students who are proficient in Navajo or Ute can also be awarded the Seal of Biliteracy.