Montana: ELL Resources

As of the 2012-13 school year, Montana's schools were home to more than 3,500 English language learners (ELLs), which marks a 44% decrease from the 2002-2003 school year (Migration Policy Institute, 2015). Currently, the most common languages spoken by ELLs in Montana are German, Spanish, North American Indian, and Russian.

Montana is a member of WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment), joining in 2011. 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: Montana Office of Public Instruction

ELL Website: Title III Website

ELP Standards & Assessment

ELP Standards: WIDA English Language Proficiency Standards

ELP Assessment: WIDA-ACCESS for ELLs

Statewide Standards-Based Assessment

Assessment: Montana Comprehensive Assessment System (MontCAS)

Additional Information

Montana Indian Education

NCELA: Title III Information

WIDA: Montana Contact Information

Common Core State Standards: Yes

Statewide Organizations


MEA-MFT, the statewide affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association in Montana, advances the interests of our members and the educational institutions in which they work.

Montana State Parent Information Resource Centers

The overall aim of the Montana Parent Information and Resource Center (PLEIDES) is to support and provide resources to parents and schools throughout Montana, particularly in the state's Native American and disadvantaged communities, to implement effective polices, programs and activities that ensure the active involvement of parents in the improvement of their children's academic achievement.

Seal of Biliteracy Update: Montana

Montana 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!



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. Montana Rate of EL Growth (1997/98-2007/08). Compiled July 2010 and retrieved from