Arizona: ELL Resources
As of the 2012-13 school year, Arizona's schools were home to more than 91,000 English language learners (ELLs), which marks a 35% decrease from the 2002-2003 school year (Migration Policy Institute, 2015). Currently, the most common five languages spoken by ELLs in Arizona are Spanish, Arabic, Navajo, Vietnamese, and Somali. (Migration Policy Institute, 2015).
State ELL Resources
State Agency: Arizona Department of Education
ELL Guidance & Documents: State ELL Forms
State Regulations: Structured Immersion Task Force Website
Placement Exam: Arizona English Language Learner Assessment (AZELLA)
ELP Standards & Assessment
Statewide ELP Standards: AZ English Language Proficiency Standards
Statewide Assessment of English Language Development: Arizona English Language Learner Assessment (AZELLA)
AZELLA Accommodations: Test Accommodations for the Administration of the AZELLA.
Arizona's State Department of Education provides Local Education Agencies [LEAs] with key laws and regulations regarding the education of English learners. This includes the requirement that students be taught in English using a format that the state refers to as structured English immersion (SEI). (Arizona State Legislature, 15-753.)
Further, ELLs in their first year must be given four hours of English language development instruction. Identification of English language learners (15-756.01). Further, under the laws and in compliance with federal law, the monitoring of former English learners must be done for two years (15-756.06).
Under Arizona state law, found in Title 15, chapter 7, article 3.1 and referred to as English Language Education for Children in Public Schools, all ELLs must be provided with a program of structured English immersion instruction. In compliance with federal laws, all ELLs must be identified and provided with a research-based model of structured English immersion that is known to be sound and properly resourced.
Statewide Standards-Based Assessment
Assessment: Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS)
ELL Accommodations: Information about AIMS accommodations for ELLs can be found under the Testing Accommodations Guidelines (updated yearly).
NCELA: Title III Information
Common Core State Standards: Yes
Arizona 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.
"Arizona State PIRC is a technical assistance center helping schools, families and community agencies implement successful parental involvement programs and policies that lead to improvements in student academic achievement."
AZ-TESOL (Arizona TESOL) is the Arizona state affiliate of TESOL, the international professional organization for educators in the field of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.
Ruiz Soto, Ariel G., Sarah Hooker, and Jeanne Batalova. 2015. States and Districts with the Highest Number and Share of English Language Learners. Washington, DC: Migration Policy Institute. http://www.migrationpolicy.org/research/states-and-districts-highest-number-and-share-english-language-learners
Ruiz Soto, Ariel G., Sarah Hooker, and Jeanne Batalova. 2015. Top Languages Spoken by English Language Learners Nationally and by State. Washington, DC: Migration Policy Institute. http://www.migrationpolicy.org/research/number-and-growth-students-us-schools-need-english-instruction-2009
Office of English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement for Limited English Proficient Students. Arizona Rate of EL Growth (1997/98-2007/08). Compiled July 2010 and retrieved from http://www.ncela.gwu.edu/t3sis/state/arizona/.
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