English Language Learners

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In Pennsylvania there are over 60,000 people who speak more than 200 different languages. The five most spoken languages in PA are Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Nepali, and Vietnamese.

It is the responsibility of Local Education Agencies (LEAs) to provide services for each student whose primary language is not English to facilitate the student’s achievement of English proficiency and academic standards.

Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (Response to Instruction and Intervention RTII)

Multi-Tiered Systems of Support for English Language Learners from PaTTAN:

Featured Videos/Presentations:

  • English Learners in an MTSS Framework: Guidance for School Psychologists
    • — Part I: Federal and State Policies, Procedures and Resources Regarding Education of English Language Learners
    • — Part II: What School Psychologists/Counselors Need to Know About Progress Monitoring and Language Instruction Educational Program Effectiveness
    • — Part III: Culturally Responsive Practices and Its Impact on Linguistics, Academic, Social, and Emotional Development
    • Evidence of Language Use: Progress Monitoring for English
      • — Part I: State-Required Reclassification, Monitoring and Re-Designation of English Learners
      • — Part II: Targeting Progress Monitoring of Language Use for English Learners


English Language Learners and Special Education, PaTTAN


This fact sheet provides an outline of the rights of English Language Learners (ELL) and/or families of students with limited English proficiency.

Education Law Center’s (ELC) Guide on Education Laws Impacting English Language Learners, Education Law Center of Pennsylvania