As of the 2016-2017 school year, Wisconsin’s schools were home to a little over 46,000 English language learners. As of the 2014-2015 school year, the most common five languages spoken by ELLs in Wisconsin were 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.
State ELL Resources
State Agency: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
ELL Website: Bilingual and English Learner Education
ELP Standards: WIDA English Language Proficiency Standards
ELP Assessment: WIDA-ACCESS for ELLs
Statewide Standards-Based Assessment
Assessment: Wisconsin Forward Exam
Accommodations: Forward Exam Accommodations Resources
NCELA: Title III Information
WIDA: Statewide Contact Information
ESSA: Wisconsin ESSA State Plan
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.
Wisconsin Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages
WITESOL promotes excellence in English language teaching to speakers of other languages in Wisconsin.
Wisconsin: Seal of Biliteracy
Wisconsin 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. This story from Wisconsin Public Radio highlights Seal of Biliteracy programs in the state.