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 English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) is a state-funded instructional program for eligible English Learners (ELs) in grades K-12 (Georgia School Law Code 1981, § 20-2-156, enacted in 1985). The ESOL program is a standards-based curriculum emphasizing academic and social language development. ESOL coursework is based upon the WIDA Consortium English Language Development (ELD) standards. Classroom teachers integrate these ELD standards with the Georgia Performance Standards to enable ELs to both communicate in English and demonstrate their academic, social, and cultural proficiency. Instructional approaches, both in ESOL and general education classes, ensure that the needs of Georgia’s ELs are accommodated. In ESOL programs it is appropriate, when practicable, to use the EL’s home language as a means of facilitating instruction and providing parents with school-related information.

For information about the federal programs that enhance Georgia's foundational language services for English Learners, please visit the Title III webpage. 

​ English Learner Entrance and Exit Procedures: State Guidance for LEAs​ - COMING SOON!

I. Federal Laws

II. State Guidance

III. LEA Flexibility

IV. Registration/Enrollment Processes

V. WIDA Consortium Assessments

VI. Screening of Potential English Learners

VII. EL Identification Processes

VIII. EL Exit Procedures

​​IX. Post-EL Exit Monitoring Processes

X. Data Reporting/Collections for EL Accountability

XI. Identification of ELs in Private Schools Participating in Title III, Part A Language Programs

XII. FAQs - EL Entrance/Exit procedures

English Learner Entrance and Exit Flowcharts


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).

 Contact Information

Dr. Margaret (Meg) Baker
Program Manager, ESOL/Title III, Part A
Email: ​ 

Dr. Jacqueline Ellis, NBCT
Program Specialist, ESOL

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

 ESOL Program Resources