MA State Departments and Initiatives
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
RETELL (Rethinking Equity in the Teaching of English Language Learners)
The RETELL initiative represents a commitment to address the persistent gap in academic proficiency experienced by EL students. At the heart of this initiative are training and licensure requirements for SEI Endorsement which can be found here.
An English Language Proficiency standards framework developed by the WIDA consortium and composed of five standards that represent the social, instructional, and academic language, that students need to engage with peers, educators, and the curriculum at school.
An overview of the assessment, participation requirements, release items, student exemplars, testing schedules, scoring guidelines, among other pertinent information can be located here.
Background information about the test, test administration resources, accessibility and accommodation information and links to WIDA are on this site.
Information about the test, scores and reports, and administration manuals can be found here.
Associations, Research, & Teaching Strategies
A bilingual site for educators and families of English Learners.
The following sites are professional organizations that offer research based information about the language acquisition process as well as techniques and strategies appropriate for English Learners.
Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL)
Center for Research on Education, Diversity, and Excellence (CREDE)
National Association of Bilingual Education (NABE)
Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc (TESOL)
Massachusetts Association of Teachers of Speakers of Other Languages (MATSOL)