Mississippi: ELL Resources
As of the 2015-16 school year, Mississippi's schools were home to more than 11,000 English language learners (ELLs), which marks a 129% increase from the 2005-2006 school year (Migration Policy Institute, 2015). Currently, the most common five languages spoken by ELLs in Mississippi are Spanish, Vietnamese, Arabic, Chinese, and Gujarati.
State ELL Resources
State Agency: Mississippi Department of Education
ELL Website: English Language Learners
ELP Assessment: ELPT
Statewide Standards-Based Assessment
Assessment: Mississippi Assessment Program
NCELA: Title III Information
Common Core State Standards: Yes
The mission of AFT Mississippi, the statewide affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers, is to advance the interests of our members and the institutions in which they work.
AMTESOL was founded in 1982, and membership is open to everyone interested in and or involved in the teaching and administration programs in English as a second or foreign language.
Mississippi 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.
The goals of Mississippi State PIRC are to implement successful and effective parental involvement policies, programs and activities that lead to improvements in student academic achievement and strengthen partnerships among parents, teachers and other school personnel in meeting the educational needs of children.
Mississippi does not yet have a Seal of Biliteracy. 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. If you are aware of schools or districts that have adopted the Seal of Biliteracy in the state, send an update to the official Seal of Biliteracy site!
Historical National and State PreK-12 Total and ELL Enrollment Numbers: 1997-1998 to 2007-2008. Migration Policy Institute: migrationpolicy.org/sites/default/files/language_portal/statecharts.xlsx
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. Mississippi Rate of EL Growth (1997/98-2007/08). Compiled July 2010 and retrieved from http://www.ncela.gwu.edu/t3sis/state/mississippi/.