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 English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

​​​​​​​​​​2021 Exemplary English Learners

The Georgia Department of Education congratulates the 2021 Exemplary English learners! This year's honorees represent 14 countries and 12 languages other than English. The majority are current English learners, one of whom arrived in U.S. schools less than two years ago. All have a GPA higher than 3.5, are on track to graduate this year and have taken Advanced Placement and Honors courses. We commend the 31 school systems for encouraging these students towards success!


2021 Exemplary ESOL Teachers

The Georgia Department of Education congratulates the 2021 Exemplary ESOL Teachers! This year's honorees have 1-30 years of experience in education and have worked endlessly  to find practical solutions to meet the needs and overcome obstacles faced by both EL students and their families during this past school year. We commend these teachers for their exceptional dedication to ensuring student success!


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​​​​​​EL Language Programs - State Guidance (Updated June 1, 2021)​​​​


​I. Federal Laws


II. State Guidance​


            III. LEA Flexibility​​

IV. Registration/Enrollment Processes

V. EL Entrance Procedures

           VI. EL Exit Procedures


         ​VII. Continuity of Language Learning Resources

English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) is the state-funded language instruction educational program for eligible English learners (ELs) in grades K-12 in Georgia public schools (Georgia School Law Code 1981, §20-2-156, enacted in 1985). ESOL language instruction is focused on developing EL students’ academic English proficiency in each content area of the Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE). The WIDA Consortium English Language Development (ELD) Standards aligned with the GSE guide the work of ESOL teachers. Differentiated instructional practices, both in ESOL and general education classes, ensure that the language development needs of Georgia’s EL students are met. In ESOL language programs it is appropriate, when practicable, to use the student’s home language as a means of facilitating instruction and providing limited English-proficient (LEP) parents with school-related information. 

The goal of the ESOL language instruction educational program for EL students is to increase both English language proficiency (ELP) and academic language proficiency in content-area subject matter. Successful ESOL language programs focus on collaboration and shared accountability for the success of all EL students.

For information about the federal programs that supplement the ESOL Language Program please visit the Title III, Part A webpage​.​

Framework for EL Programs: Systems of Continuous Improvement

Georgia’s System of Continuous Improvement frames the work of EL Language Programs. Daily English language instruction for EL students takes place within aCoherent Instruction System. Professionally-qualified ESOL teachers and school leaders teach and assess EL students as part of the Effective Leadership and Professional Capacity Systems. Schools reach out to engage EL parents and their families within the Parent & Family Engagement System, and EL students are provided with wrap-around services within the Supporting Learning Environment of schools.

WIDA Consortium
Since 2006 Georgia has been part of the WIDA Consortium, a group now consisting of 39 member states. Together with our colleague-states, we work in close collaboration with the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER), the Center for Applied Linguistics and Data Recognition Corporation (DRC) to ensure that our English Language Proficiency assessment (ACCESS for ELLs 2.0) and our ESOL teaching standards remain reliable and valid across administration years. Click on the WIDA link below to learn more about our consortium’s K-12 English Language Development (ELD) Standards and the assessments used with ELs (W-APT and WIDA screeners and the end-of-year ACCESS for ELLs 2.0).

WIDA ELP Screeners and Assessments

 Contact Information

Program Manager, ESOL/Title III Part A

Dr. Margaret (Meg) Baker
Email:​ ​ 

ESOL Language Program Questions & Support
(678) 794-3695