English Language Development

K-12 Standards, Curriculum, and Instruction Division

"Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI) and the Equal Educational Opportunities Act of 1974 (EEOA), public schools must ensure that EL students can participate meaningfully and equally in educational programs. EL programs must be reasonably calculated to enable EL students to attain English proficiency and meaningful participation in the standard educational program comparable to their never-EL peers." Providing English Learners Equal Access to Curricular and Extracurricular Programs, EL ToolKit, Chapter 4.

NCDPI Guidance for Provisional English Learner Identification During Periods of Blended and Remote Instruction Grades K-12

2020-21 English Learner Identification (TEST-011 additions)

Due to the continuation of circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic resulting in more than one school opening option, an addition to the State Board of Education Policy, TEST-011, Identification of English Learners Participation in the Statewide Testing Program, Eligibility for Testing Accommodations and Exit Criteria was approved by the State Board of Education on August 6, 2020.

The requirement that “Initial assessment of both the W-APT and the WIDA Screener is required within thirty (30) calendar days of enrollment” as stated in TEST-011 is amended as follows for the 2020-21 school year only.

  • For schools operating as prescribed in Plan B, the W-APT and the WIDA Screener is required within forty-five (45) calendar days of enrollment.

  • Public school units operating under Plan C for the 2020–21 school year (virtual instruction) are also required to complete an initial assessment using either the WIDA Remote Screener or Family/Caregiver Interview within forty-five (45) calendar days of enrollment.

  • All students who qualify as English Learners (ELs) under the WIDA Remote Screener or Family/Caregiver Interview must be screened using the W-APT or WIDA Screener within forty-five (45) calendar days of schools returning to Plan B or Plan A.

For questions, please contact Dr. Kristi Day (kristi.day@dpi.nc.gov)

NCDPI Guidance for Provisional English Learner Identification During Periods of Blended and Remote Instruction

English Learner Accommodation Memo August 2020

WIDA's 2020-2021 Assessment Best Practices during COVID-19

Growing Success for ELs: Fall PD Series

The NCDPI ESL/Title III team is pleased to announce the Growing Success for ELs: Fall PD Series. The team has scheduled a set of webinar sessions to share instructional strategies to support English learners throughout North Carolina. Topics include: Resources to support ELs during blended and remote instruction, the EL Teacher Network and the NC K-12 online educational resources initiative GoOpenNC, use of ACCESS score for instructional planning, family and community engagement, instructional supports through SIOP, and highlights from the Summer Conference.

The series will include a couple of professional learning opportunities designed by the WIDA Consortium and a three-session training for DL/I administrators by our special guest, former EL Support Team member, Dr. Joan Lachance from UNC Charlotte.

Click on the button below to visit the page and access the program and other materials

WIDA Remote Screener-20200820 1927-1.mp4

WIDA Remote Screener

During periods of remote or virtual instruction, public school units are directed to identify English Learners to the greatest extent possible. As such, the North Carolina State Board of Education has approved two screening options for public school units. The WIDA Remote Screener and the Family/Caregiver Interview. These options provide flexibility in identifying English Learners when students cannot be physically present with test administrators due to COVID 19.


The WIDA ELD Standards, 2020 Edition illuminates a vision where all students can develop language and learn content together.

The 2020 Edition:

  • Builds on ideas and concepts from existing resources and prior editions

  • Addresses the latest theory, policy and practice

  • Incorporates ideas and feedback from educators around the world

  • Complies with all federal requirements under ESSA and serves as the foundation for systems that foster students’ engaged interactive learning and collaborative educator practice

Stay tuned for more information at wida.wisc.edu/2020standards.

WIDA English Language Development Standards, 2020 Edition Kindergarten – Grade 12

What are the WIDA ELD Standards?
A tool to help educators support language development in multilingual learners

The WIDA English Language Development (ELD) Standards represent the social, instructional, and academic language that students need to engage with peers, educators, and the curriculum in schools. The WIDA standards include examples of how language is processed or produced within a particular context through Model Performance Indicators (MPIs). MPIs are meant to be examples and not fixed guidelines of the language with which students may engage during instruction and assessment.

Revision Timeline

Fall 2019: Give Input

  • Review drafts of the WIDA ELD Standards, 2020 Edition. [completed]

  • Submit your feedback to the public input survey. [completed]

  • Continue the discussion on social media #WIDAstandards.

Winter 2019 - Spring 2020: Prepare

  • Share with your colleagues that a 2020 edition of the WIDA ELD Standards is coming!

  • Promote the 2020 Vision flyer and updated Guiding Principles.

  • Build awareness by establishing a stakeholder group to build an action plan for implementation.

Summer 2020 and Beyond: Build Awareness

  • Learn about the WIDA ELD Standards, 2020 Edition with your colleagues.

  • Refer to WIDA resources to help guide your process.

  • Learn about possible impacts to ACCESS for ELLs. Note: WIDA estimates that new ACCESS Online test items based on the 2020 edition would be operationalized no sooner than 2024-25.

We have designed a webpage to bring together some of the many resources available to educators, students and families of ELs. We hope these resources will help us all continue our journey as life long learners as we navigate this unique situation together!

Go to: Resources for ELs During Remote Learning

We have also designed Professional learning specific to working with students during remote learning for April and May! Register today!

Go to: EL Support Team Offerings During Remote Learning

Join the Facebook Group #Together4ELs

Join and share free high-quality remote learning resources and community information we all can use to help our students and their families.

The shortened URL for this website is bit.ly/NCELsWebsite

North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI)

English as a Second Language (ESL)/Title III

The NCDPI ESL/Title III Google site serves as a central hub for English learner (EL) educators, administrators, institutions of higher education, and other interested parties. This site contains links to policy, program and procedural guidance to help ensure that LEAs/Charter Schools stay informed of federal law and state policy regarding the education of English learners. The site also includes standards, instructional tools, professional learning opportunities, and other resources related to the implementation of the North Carolina English Language Development Standard Course of Study (NC ELD SCoS). EL educators are encouraged to browse, reference, download, share, discuss, and adapt resources. Please request assistance or provide feedback to the contacts listed below.

To receive announcements, periodic newsletters, and other updates, sign up at bit.ly/NCDPIupdates. Add your email address and select these listservs: Dual Language/Immersion (DL/I) Educators, NC LinguaFolio, and Teachers of English Learners.

Working Together for Our English Learners in North Carolina!

EL Support Team

A cadre of current or former NC teachers, administrators and retirees with a strong understanding of theory-based concepts for best practices in EL student education offering training and coaching opportunities across the state. Visit the EL Support Team page.

EL Advisory Council

ELAC is a group of stakeholders who have a vested interest in working with English learners in North Carolina. This group is the statewide advisory board on current issues impacting English learners for ESL/Title III at the NCDPI. Visit the EL Advisory Council page.

EL Teacher Network

This network offers ALL teachers of ELs the opportunity to explore resources and interact with colleagues to discuss and reflect on EL education using a collaborative structure for professional growth. Visit the EL Teacher Network page.

NCDPI ESL/Title III PD Calendar 20-21

Link to K12 SC&I Division page

Visit the K-12 SC&I Division Website to access information from our other areas:

  • English Language Arts & World Languages

  • Mathematics, Science, & STEM

  • Social Studies & Arts Education

  • Specialized Instructional Support & NC Healthy Schools

Visit the NCDPI homepage at https://www.dpi.nc.gov/

Stay Informed! bit.ly/NCDPIupdates

To receive announcements, periodic newsletters, and other updates, sign up at bit.ly/NCDPIupdates. Add your email address and select these listservs:

  • Dual Language/Immersion (DL/I) Educators

  • NC LinguaFolio

  • Teachers of English Learners

This Google site is under construction. Please complete the survey: bit.ly/ELDWebsiteFeedback if you cannot find what you are looking for.