Indiana: ELL Resources

As of the 2012-13 school year, Indiana's schools were home to more than 52,000 English language learners (ELLs), which marks a 23% increase from the 2002-2003 school year (Migration Policy Institute, 2015). Currently, the most common five languages spoken by ELLs in Indiana are Spanish, Burmese, German, Arabic, and Chinese.

Indiana is a member of WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment), joining in 2013. 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: Indiana Department of Education

ELL Website: Indiana Department of English Learning and Migrant Education

ELP Standards & Assessment

WIDA in Indiana Website: English Language Development Standards and Assessment

ELP Standards: WIDA English Language Proficiency Standards

ELP Assessment: WIDA-ACCESS for ELLs

Statewide Standards-Based Assessment

Assessment: Indiana Office of Student Assessment

Additional Information

NCELA: Title III Information

WIDA: Indiana Contact Information


Statewide Organizations

Indiana Department of Education: Office of English Language Learning & Migrant Education

This report discusses effective strategies for teaching ELLs who have not had the benefit of formal education or who have had interrupted formal education. The article includes an overview of recent research in this area, as well as recommended resources.

Indiana Federation of Teachers

The Indiana Federation of Teachers is the state affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers and the AFL-CIO.

Indiana State Parent Information Resource Centers

The purpose of the Indiana Partnerships Center is to provide parents throughout Indiana with the skills and knowledge they need to become more actively engaged in the educational lives of children, and to encourage schools to receive parents as true partners in the educational process.

Indiana State Teachers Association

Indiana State Teachers 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.

Indiana TESOL

INTESOL is the Indiana affiliate of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages and is an all-volunteer group comprised of teachers, professors, administrators and university students.

Indiana: Seal of Biliteracy

Indiana adopted the Seal of Biliteracy in 2015 (signed into law by then-Governor Mike Pence). 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.



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.

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.

Office of English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement for Limited English Proficient Students. Indiana Rate of EL Growth (1997/98-2007/08). Compiled July 2010 and retrieved from

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