West Virginia: ELL Resources

Map of West Virginia

In 2019, West Virginia’s schools were home about 2,000 English language learners. In recent years, the most common five languages spoken by ELLs in West Virginia have been Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean. (U.S. Dept. of Education, National Center for Education Statistics)

Note: For additional state-by-state data and information, see New America's English Learner Accountability Hub.

State ELL Resources

West Virginia Department of Education

NCELA: Title III Information

Seal of Biliteracy: West Virginia's Seal of Biliteracy

Statewide Organizations


WVTESOL is an official affiliate of TESOL and seeks to strengthen ESL teaching, promote research, and provide opportunities to share ideas with other ESL professionals in West Virginia.

AFT West Virginia

AFT West Virginia is the West Virginia State affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers.

West Virginia Education Association

West Virginia 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.

West Virginia Parent Training and Information

The West Virginia Parent Training and Information, Inc. (WV PTI) is a non-profit organization that operates the statewide federally funded Parent Training Center for WV and is the Family Voices State Affiliate Organization for West Virginia. The programs and services of WVPTI are based on the concept of parents helping parents.

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.