Louisiana: ELL Resources

As of the 2012-13 school year, Louisiana's schools were home to more than 15,000 English language learners (ELLs), which marks a 40% increase from the 2002-2003 school year (Migration Policy Institute, 2015). Currently, the most common five languages spoken by ELLs in Louisiana are Spanish, Vietnamese , Arabic, Chinese, and French.

State ELL Resources

State Agency: Louisiana Department of Education

ELP Standards & Assessment

ELP Standards: ELPA21

Statewide Standards-Based Assessment

Assessment: Louisiana Assessment Website

Additional Information
NCELA: Title III Information

Common Core State Standards: Yes


Statewide Organizations

Louisiana Association of Educators

Louisiana Association of Educators 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.

Louisiana Federation of Teachers

The Louisiana Federation of Teachers is a state affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers that represents the economic, social and professional interests of classroom teachers.

Louisiana State Parent Information Resource Centers

Volunteers of America's central purpose for providing the Louisiana Parental Information & Resource Centers program is to promote the educational success of at-risk youth.

Louisiana TESOL

LaTESOL is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the professional development of the teacher of ESOL within the state of Louisiana.

Louisiana: Seal of Biliteracy

Louisiana adopted the Seal of Biliteracy in 2014. 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. Louisiana Rate of EL Growth (1997/98-2007/08). Compiled July 2010 and retrieved from http://www.ncela.gwu.edu/t3sis/state/louisiana/.