English Learners

Contact Information

EL/Foreign Language Consultant
Antoinette Hallam
(307) 777-5217
Title III Program Manager
Jessica Fancher
(307) 777-8964

English Learners (ELs) are those students in Wyoming schools whose primary language is other than English. English Learners enter Wyoming schools with a variety of language backgrounds, educational experiences and levels of English proficiency. Wyoming State educational agencies, local education agencies and schools are held accountable for increasing English proficiency and core academic content knowledge of English learners.

Title III of the federal accountability law is part of the legislation enacted to ensure that English learners, including immigrant children and youth, develop English proficiency and meet the same academic content and academic achievement standards that other children are expected to meet. To meet 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 federal requirement of an annual English Language Proficiency Assessment for ELs, Wyoming joined the WIDA  consortium in 2009. The WIDA consortium’s goal is to provide research based assessments, standards, and professional development to its member states. WIDA provides Wyoming with a placement test called the W-APT (WIDA ACCESS Placement Test) as well as the annual English Language Proficiency Assessment for ELs ACCESS for ELLs (Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State). These assessments are based on WIDA’s five English Language Development (ELD) standards.

For Parents of English Learners

The WDE works to ensure that students learning English, called English Learners, have equal rights and access to a high-quality education. WDE offers professional development and support opportunities for educators to learn about teaching students who are English Learners.

Students are eligible for English Learner programs and services if:

  1. Parent(s) complete the student’s Home Language Survey (HLS)  listing a language other than English; and,
  2. Based on language tests, the student shows a need for English Learner services and instruction to gain skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing academic English, the language needed for success in school.

A home language survey is completed for all students who enroll in a district.  The HLS is the first step in determining whether a student is eligible for English Learner programs and services.

When a student is first identified as an English Learner, parents must be notified of English Learner services available to the student.  Districts that receive Title III funding from the federal government are required to notify parents every year that their child receives English Learner services.  All parents have the option of declining English Learner services.

WDE and WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment) Materials

Professional Development


WIDA Workshops Provided by WDE

  • Lesson Planning Workshop in Casper, Wyoming
    January 17-18, 2018  3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
    Presented by Suzanne Johar, 1 PTSB Credit awarded
Participants at the Lesson Planning Workshop
Participants collaborating during the January 17-18 Workshop
  • Interpreting ACCESS for ELLs Score Reports for Instruction (With information about Alternate ACCESS)  in Casper and Riverton, Wyoming
    June 7 & June 8, 2018  8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
    Presented by Terri Mossgrove, .5 PTSB Credit awarded
  • Lesson Plan Share Space

Click on the link for ongoing WIDA ACCESS 2.0 webinars and Q&A sessions

More EL Resources