South Carolina: English Language Learner (ELL) Resources
South Carolina schools were home to more than 38,000 English Language Learners (ELLs), as of the 2012-2013 school year. That indicates a 410% increase from the 2002-2003 school year, as per the Migration Policy Institute in 2015. Currently, there are five most common spoken languages by ELLs in South Carolina – Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Arabic.
State of South Carolina ELL Resources
State Agency: South Carolina Department of Education
ELL Website: ESEA Title III
Statewide Standards-Based Assessment
Assessment: South Carolina Statewide Assessment Information
South Carolina WIDA: South Carolina WIDA Contact Information
National Clearing House for English Language Acquisition (NCELA): Title III Information
Lectura Books is the go-to source for bilingual books and culturally relevant family reading programs.
The Latino Literacy Project
The Latino Family Literacy Project is known for its award-winning parent involvement programs for Spanish speaking parents.
Carolina TESOL is the organization that represents teachers of ELLs throughout North and South Carolina. This organization promotes excellence in education for ELLs and a professional environment for TESOL teachers.
South Carolina State Education Association
The South Carolina Education Association is part of the National Education Association state affiliate program. This national program lobbies legislators for resources needed in schools. Additionally, they campaign for higher professional teacher standards and file legal actions to protect academic freedom and school employee rights.
South Carolina Family Resource Center on Disabilities
The South Carolina Family Resource Center on Disabilities (PIRC) offers parents of children with disabilities a variety of programs, resources, and information to increase parent involvement and improve the student success rate.
Note: Regulations change from time to time. These resources and guidelines were complied in July 2018. If you see that something needs to be updated, please send an email to _____. For more detailed information regarding ELL guidelines and policies at the state and federal levels, please refer to the following:
Migration Policy Institute: ELL Information Center