As of the 2016-2017 school year, Vermont’s schools were home to a little over 1,500 English language learners. As of the 2014-2015 school year, the most common five languages spoken by ELLs in Vermont were Nepali, Cushitic, Spanish, Somali, and French. (U.S. Dept. of Education, National Center for Education Statistics)
Vermont 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.
State ELL Resources
State Agency: State of Vermont Department of Education
ELP Standards & Assessment
ELP Standards: WIDA English Language Proficiency Standards
ELP Assessment: WIDA-ACCESS for ELLs
Statewide Standards-Based Assessment
Assessment: Vermont Assessments
NCELA: Title III Information
WIDA: Statewide Contact Information
Common Core State Standards: Yes
ESSA: Vermont ESSA State Plan
Northern New England Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages
NNETESOL serves all ESL professionals in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont working in private and public K-12 schools, post secondary schools, and adult education programs.
United Professionals AFT Vermont
United Professionals AFT Vermont is the Vermont State affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers.
Vermont Family Network
Vermont Family Network (VFN) empowers and supports all Vermont families of children with special needs so that all children reach their potential.
Vermont-NEA 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.
Seal of Biliteracy Update: Vermont
Vermont has a Seal of Biliteracy. 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. 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!