Kentucky KDE EL Website


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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%)


The Release of the First Batch of the New KY State Tests are Released: Be Ready to be Surprised


Get Ready: The Test Scores Are Coming
By Stu Silberman on October 17, 2012 6:31 AM | No comments

Kentucky was the first state to adopt the common core standards and one of the first to assess students on these tougher learning requirements. There are always pros and cons to being ahead of the crowd, and Kentucky is no stranger to being first in education reform, dating to the 1990 passage of the Kentucky Education Reform Act.

But experience doesn’t always make things easier. School districts are reviewing their test scores now as a quality control measure, and the scores are to be released to the public in late October or early November. That release is the target of efforts already underway to explain the scores and diminish any negative impact they might have.

Many groups, including the Prichard Committee and the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, have been preparing the public for low test scores as part of the ReadyKentucky initiative. The Prichard Committee initiated and partnered with the Chamber on the formation of the Business Leader Champions for Education. This group is supporting the new standards and helping spread the word that we must stay the course and keep them in place, even if our test scores are lower than those we’ve seen in the past. Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday is also warning the public that the scores will be lower than what people are accustomed to seeing. There are several reasons for this possibility: the standards set higher expectations and require harder work, and Kentucky’s grading system for schools has moved from a scale of 140 to a scale of 100. Even with nothing else involved, that change would result in scores that appear to be lower.

Why is so much effort going into preparing the public for lower test scores? One of the Prichard Committee board members, Franklin Jelsma, offered the analogy of what someone experiences when beginning to exercise at a gym. “When one first starts exercising he or she gets sore and it can be painful, but if the person sticks to it and continues the work, the rewards are great in the end.” There may be some pain when these initial scores are released, but I believe in the end we will see higher student achievement. Teachers and students need a period of adjustment to the new standards before we will see these increases. It is our hope that we will endure the initial pain and come out stronger.

In many ways it would have been much better for Kentucky to spend more time preparing teachers before the assessments were given. But, on the up side, we will soon have this first round behind us with new baseline data and new goals for the future. In my experience, I have found that the kids are very resilient and will work to meet higher expectations; it just takes time.

As I have written before (in the post New Standards, New Scores, New Lessons to be Learned ) there are many lessons to be learned from Kentucky’s early implementation of the common core standards. I hope the lessons we’re learning in Kentucky will be beneficial to you and your communities as you move forward. Please continue to advocate for high standards for our kids. They will make all the difference to the success of our country.


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