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English Learners

Position Statement
The Connecticut State Board of Education (CSBE) believes that high-quality, comprehensive and effective English as a Second Language (ESL) and bilingual education programs are essential to acquire English language proficiency and academic proficiency for students who are English Learners (ELs). The Board believes that research-based instructional practices that support ELs in general education classrooms are essential while they are acquiring English and well after they have exited the intensive programs. Read the CSBE Position Statement and Guidelines

English Learners and Bilingual Education Statutes
Title III
Supplement Not Supplant Guidance
Title III Immigrant Grant

The Seal of Biliteracy
Connecticut English Language Proficiency (CELP) Standards
On October 7, 2015, the Connecticut English Language Proficiency (CELP) Standards were adopted by the Connecticut Board of Education. Beyond understanding common English usage, ELs need to understand the language used for grade-level instruction in English language arts, mathematics, science, social studies and other content areas. The standards highlight and amplify the critical language, knowledge about language, and skills for using language that are necessary for ELs to be successful in school.
CELP Resources and Training Materials
English Learner Data Bulletin 

English Learner Identification and Exit Procedures

Private/Non-Public Schools and English Language Learners
Handbooks and Resources

Professional Learning

NEW: English Learner Tool Kit
The English Learner Tool Kit is designed to help states and schools in meeting their legal obligations to English Learners and in providing all English Learners with the support needed to attain English language proficiency while meeting college- and career readiness standards.
NEW: Supporting Dual Language Learners in Early Learning Settings
NEW: Newcomer Tool Kit
The Newcomer Tool Kit is designed to help schools support immigrants, refugees, and their families with a successful integration process. The tool kit provides information, resources and examples of effective practices that educators can use to support newcomers in schools and communities.

Assessment Information

Professional Organizations



United States Department of Education


    Megan Alubicki Flick
    English Learner Consultant

    Connecticut State Department of Education
    (860) 713-6786

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