Vermont: ELL Resources
As of the 2012-13 school year, Vermont's schools were home to more than 1,500 English language learners (ELLs), which marks a 52% increase from the 2002-2003 school year (Migration Policy Institute, 2015). Currently, the most common languages spoken by ELLs in Vermont are Nepali, Cushitic languages, Spanish, Chinese, and Somali.
Vermont is a member of WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment), joining in 2003. 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: State of Vermont Department of Education
Home Language Survey: Required. Vermont provides a K-12 Home Language Survey on its ELL website.
Placement Exam: WIDA-ACCESS Placement Test
ELP Standards & Assessment
ELP Standards: WIDA English Language Proficiency Standards
ELP Assessment: WIDA-ACCESS for ELLs
Although this guide was written in 1994, it continues to serve as a reference for administrators and teachers who want to learn about the basic legal and programmatic requirements for meeting the needs of English Language Learners (ELLs).
Statewide Standards-Based Assessment
Assessment: Vermont Comprehensive Assessment System [CAS]
NCELA: Title III Information
Common Core State Standards: Yes
NNETESOL serves all ESL professionals in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont working in private and public K-12 schools, post secondary schools, and adult education programs.
United Professionals AFT Vermont is the Vermont State affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers.
The Parental Information Resource Center project for Vermont, also known as PIRC-VT, is designed to help Vermont families assist their children with achieving success at school.
Vermont-NEA 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.
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. Vermont Rate of EL Growth (1997/98-2007/08). Compiled July 2010 and retrieved from http://www.ncela.us/t3sis/state/vermont/.
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