Wisconsin: ELL Resources

Map of Wisconsin

In 2019, Wisconsin’s schools were home to more than 50,000 English language learners. In recent years, the most common five languages spoken by ELLs in Wisconsin have been Spanish, Hmong, Chinese, Arabic, and Somali. (U.S. Dept. of Education, National Center for Education Statistics)

Wisconsin was the lead state of WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment) when it was created 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: Bilingual and English Learner Education

NCELA: Title III Information

WIDA: Statewide Contact Information

Seal of Biliteracy: Wisconsin's Seal of Biliteracy

Statewide Organizations

Wisconsin Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages

WITESOL promotes excellence in English language teaching to speakers of other languages in Wisconsin.


AFT-Wisconsin is a labor organization and a Wisconsin chapter of the American Federation of Teachers representing 17,000 public employees in the state of Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Education Association Council

Wisconsin Education Association Council 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.


Wisconsin Family Assistance Center for Education, Training & Support (“WI FACETS”) has become a leading source of information and support in Wisconsin for children and youth who have special needs, their families and others who support them.

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.