To Kentucky Teachers


Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act and the Equal Educational Opportunities Act (EEOA), districts/schools have a legal obligation to provide services that enable ELs to obtain English language proficiency (ELP) but also have equal access to all educational programs and services. Therefore, districts must provide the personnel necessary to effectively implement an EL program. This does not only include teachers who are certified to provide EL services, but core-content teachers trained to support EL students and trained administrators who can evaluate these teachers and programs. Districts/schools must provide professional learning to prepare EL teachers, content teachers, and administrators to implement and evaluate the EL program effectively. ESSA guidance requires that districts improve the quality and effectiveness of teachers, principals and other school leaders, with an emphasis on capacity building that focuses on the needs of English learners. To assist districts in meeting these obligations, KDE Title III is hosting EL specific workshops to provide content teachers, instructional coaches, and EL teachers’ effective strategies.

Below is a list of EL specific workshops the KDE will be hosting this fall. The locations are not finalized. Efforts are being made to locate the Collaboration workshop in the Bowling Green area. Please forward and share this information to staff that serve ELs. Several of the workshops are designed for both content teachers and EL teachers.





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Developing High Challenge/High Support Lessons for English Language Learners Professional Development

Sept. 11-12


Steven Weiss and Lydia Stack


WIDA Scaffolding

Sept. 26-27




WIDA Collaboration

Oct. 30-31




WIDA Interpreting ACCESS 2.0 Score Reports for Instruction

Nov. 2




Developing High Challenge/High Support Lessons for English Language Learners Professional Development (Follow-up session)

Nov. 14-15


Steven Weiss and Lydia Stack


The Developing High Challenge/High Support Lessons for English Language Learners Professional Development workshop provide educators with the foundations and the practical applications that will 1) enhance teacher’s classroom instruction, 2) improve instructional coaches’ ability to carry out coaching conversations with their peers, and 3) provide administrators with a lens through which to assess the quality of instruction for their English learners. The workshop facilitators, Steven Weiss and Lydia Stack, have worked as part of Stanford University Understanding Language Initiative. Steven Weiss is the Project Manager for the Stanford ELL Leadership Network, a collaboration between seven small to medium sized school districts in Northern California focused on developing leadership capacity around ELs. Lydia Stack was part of the Understanding Language working group that developed the ELA units. Both have extensive experience teaching ELs in the classroom and providing workshops worldwide.

The workshop will be located in Elizabethtown this year on September 11-12 with the follow-up session on November 14-15. The workshop is for upper elementary and secondary school ELA/Science/Social Studies teachers, English Language Development Teachers (ESL teachers), resource teachers, instructional coaches, and could be beneficial to principals and other administrators. The workshop can be flexible to accommodate lower elementary teachers if that is an area of need for a district. The workshop facilitators will take up to 100 participants and reached capacity last year with a wait list of over 10.

Developing High Challenge/High Support Lessons for English Learners (4 days)

  • September 11-12 
  • November 14 – 15 (follow-up session)

Register at Developing High Challenge/High Support Lessons for English Learners

The WIDA Scaffolding Workshop September 26 – 27 will be held at 300 Sower Blvd. in Frankfort. This is the same WIDA Scaffolding Workshop that was held at KDE in the fall of 2017 and had a wait list. WIDA limits the workshop to 40 participants.


WIDA Scaffolding Workshop (2 days)

  • September 26 – 27

Register at WIDA Scaffolding Workshop

The WIDA Educator Collaboration to Support Multilingual Learners workshop provides an overview of collaborative methods and structures for instruction and assessment.  Utilizing WIDA tools, participants will explore and discuss language development meaning making through language use and collaborative structures that support shared responsibility of multilingual learners. Teams will leave the workshop with access to tools and resources necessary for implementing collaborative structures at their school around the needs of the ELs. WIDA limits the workshop to 35 participants.

Educator Collaboration to Support Multilingual Learners

  • October 30 – 31

Register at Collaboration

The WIDA Interpreting ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Score Reports for Instruction Workshop November 2  will be held at 300 Sower Blvd. in Frankfort. This WIDA Workshop is designed for new and less experienced EL educators and EL Coordinators. Participants will explore how the WIDA Standards and Assessment System is connected to the ACCESS score reports. Participants will examine the different types and uses of score reports and make connections between the students proficiency scores and WIDA Performance Definitions. WIDA limits the workshop to 50 participants.


WIDA Interpreting ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Score Reports for Instruction Workshop (1 day)

  • November 2

Register at Score Reports for Instruction Workshop

In addition, KDE may be offering an eLearning and/or webinar from WIDA. Information will be provided when that is confirmed.

Thank you,

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Gary Martin

Title III/EL Program Consultant, Diverse Learners Branch,

Division of Learning Services

Office of Teaching and Learning

Kentucky Department of Education

300 Sower Blvd. – 5th floor

Frankfort, KY 40601

(502) 564-4970, ext. 4157/Fax (502) 564-6721



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Kentucky KDE EL Website


All info can be found here:–Resources.aspx


English Learners and Immigrant Resources

Published: 10/26/2016 3:17 PM

This page contain information and resources for Title III including professional development, WebEX and Video Professional Development and additional information on resources and standards.

English Learner Demographic Information
Based on Kentucky’s LEP Access data, Kentucky reported 136+ languages. The LEP Languages Chart lists the home languages of Kentucky English Learners (ELs), the number of ELs representing each language group of the total EL population in Kentucky. The “Other” category, represents languages that were not listed in the Infinite Campus data base.
EL Pre-College Curriculum and Foreign Language

Many questions have been asked concerning the ways English Learners (ELs) may demonstrate competency in a foreign language. In order to meet the pre-college curriculum requirement students need to demonstrate a “basic-user” competency in a foreign language, that is, any language other than their native language, including English. There is no requirement for “seat time” or credits. All Kentucky students are expected to achieve the Kentucky Core Academic Standards, one of which is Academic Expectation 2.28 Students understand and communicate in a second language. Because this expectation does not identify English as the first language, it clearly indicates that students in the Kentucky school systems should have the opportunity to learn a second language beyond their native language.

EL Pre-College Curriculum and Foreign Language Q & A Document

Endorsements for English Learners (Grades P-12)
The population of school-aged English Learners (ELs) has significantly increased in recent years in Kentucky, thereby impacting many aspects of education. Schools need educators who are fully prepared to teach a growing population of linguistically and culturally diverse learners.

In Kentucky, the Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB) is responsible for issuing and renewing certificates for all Kentucky teachers and administrators. EPSB works with Kentucky colleges and universities, out-of-state institutions, and national evaluation agencies and processes approximately 25,000 certification transactions annually. The board is charged with establishing standards of performance both for preparation programs and practitioners and accrediting educator preparation programs.

To figure out which Kentucky higher education institutions  offer an endorsement in English as a Second Language (Grades P-12) please visit the EPSB Approved Programs webpage.


OELA English Learners Toolkit
English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards
WIDA English Language Proficiency Standards for English Language Learners in Kindergarten through 12th Grade serve as Kentucky’s NCLB required English language proficiency standards.  These standards will act as a companion document to The Kentucky Core Academic Standards in guiding instruction for Kentucky’s English Language Learners (ELLs).  The WIDA English Language Proficiency Standards do not replace The Kentucky Core Academic Standards.  Click here to access the 2012 edition of the WIDA ELP Standards.

Home Language Survey
All local school districts are required to administer a home language survey to students enrolled in the district as a first screening process to identify students with limited English proficiency. (703 KAR 5:070).
A local school district shall administer a home language survey to students enrolled in the district as the first screening process to identify students with limited English proficiency. The home language survey shall be based at a minimum on four questions.
  1. What is the language most frequently spoken at home?
  2. Which language did your child learn when he/she first began to talk?
  3. What language does your child most frequently speak at home?
  4. What language do you most frequently speak to your child
To meet No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Title III requirements, states are mandated to identify and annually administer a standards-based English language proficiency test to all English Learners (ELs) in grades K-12. In order to comply with the NCLB requirement of an annual English Language Proficiency Assessment for ELs, Kentucky joined the WIDA Consortium in 2006. The WIDA Consortium’s goal is to provide research based assessments, standards and professional development to its member states.
Member states of the WIDA Consortium can be found on the WIDA webpage.
WIDA provides Kentucky with a placement test called the W-APT (WIDA ACCESS Placement Test) as well as the annual English Proficiency Assessment of ACCESS (Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State) for ELs.
For information about ACCESS and W-APT visit the web page for the Office of Assessment and Accountability.
District Plan and Assurances
 Local district plans for language instruction for English Learners (ELs) and immigrant students are required under Title III Section 3116 (Local Plans) to contain certain essential elements.  Local districts may develop its own format for the plan and may include other elements as outlined in the Title III Local Education Agency Plan. District assurances, Title III Subgrant Plans and Budgets will be completed in the online Grant Management Application & Planning (GMAP) System. The KDE GMAP webpage provides program resources, training videos and other information to assist districts.
Developing Programs for English Language Learners:
Program Overview Chart
Gary Martin
Office of Teaching and Learning
Division of Learning Services
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-4970
Fax (502) 564-6470

Interview with the KY Commissioner of Education on the First Round of the New State Test


In the article “Common Core Standards: Early Results From Kentucky Are In.  The state reacts to the first round of test results after adopting the new education standards”  By the state commissioner discusses lessons learned and implications for the future.  link



Common Core: Scores Drop on Ky.’s Common Core-Aligned Tests


As the mother of one of the KY school children talked about here I saw first hand how the state test affected schools.  Please read the article to get an idea what the events here could forshadow for your states:  link

Kentucky State Test Revisited: What Does it Mean?


Find here a comprehensive explanation of the KPREP instrument link




KY ESL Demographics 2009/2010


According to the Kentucky Department of Education, in the 2009-2010 school year, 15,720 sudents qualified for state-funded Limited English Proficiency (LEP) services. The state funding for LEP students was $5.9 million/

Languages, other than English, spoken at home in Kentucky by students with limited English proficiency are:

Total — 116
Spanish (57%)

Arabic (4%)
Bosnian (2%)
Japanese (2%)
Mandarin Chinese (2%)
Mai Mai (2%)
Others (approximately 31%)

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