Wyoming: ELL Resources

As of the 2012-13 school year, Wyoming's schools were home to more than 2,500 English language learners (ELLs), which marks a 20% decrease from the 2002-2003 school year (Migration Policy Institute, 2015). Currently, the most common languages spoken by ELLs in Wyoming are Spanish, Chinese, Arapaho, Arabic, and Somali.

Wyoming is a member of WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment) and joined WIDA in 2009. 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: Wyoming Department of Education

ELL Website: Title III Website

ELL Manual: WDE Active ELL Identification and Reporting Guidebook

ELL Identification

Placement Exam: WIDA-ACCESS Placement Test

ELP Standards & Assessment

ELP Standards: WIDA English Language Proficiency Standards

ELP Assessment: WIDA-ACCESS for ELLs

Statewide Standards-Based Assessment

Assessment: Student Assessments for Wyoming

Additional Information

NCLEA: Title III Information

WIDA: Wyoming Contact Information

 

Statewide Organizations

Intermountain TESOL

Intermountain TESOL, an affiliate of International TESOL, provides professional development for ESL teachers in Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming.

Wyoming Education Association

Wyoming 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.

Wyoming State Parent Information Resource Centers

The purpose of the Parent Education Network, Wyoming State PIRC, is to strengthen partnerships between families and schools and to implement effective parental involvement policies and programs to increase academic achievement for students in Wyoming.

 

References

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. Wyoming Rate of EL Growth (1997/98-2007/08). Compiled July 2010 and retrieved from http://www.ncela.us/t3sis/state/wyoming/.

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