Iowa: ELL Resources
As of the 2012-13 school year, Iowa's schools were home to more than 23,500 English language learners (ELLs), which marks a 71% increase from the 2002-2003 school year (Migration Policy Institute, 2015). Currently, the most common languages spoken by ELLs in Iowa are Spanish, Vietnamese, Bosnian, and Karen.
State ELL Resources
State Agency: Iowa Department of Education
ELL Website: English Language Learners
ELP Standards: ELPA21
Statewide Standards-Based Assessment
Assessment: Iowa Assessments
NCELA: Title III Information
Common Core State Standards: Yes
ESSA: Iowa ESSA State Plan
Iowa State 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.
ASK (Access for Special Kids) Resource Center serves as the state of Iowa’s parent training and information center for families of children with disabilities.
MIDTESOL serves mid-America teachers of English from Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, and Missouri to speakers of other languages.
The Seal of Biliteracy has been adopted statewide in Iowa. 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. 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. Iowa Rate of EL Growth (1997/98-2007/08). Compiled July 2010 and retrieved from http://www.ncela.gwu.edu/t3sis/state/iowa/.