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English Learners

The Mississippi Department of Education honors and views language abilities as assets and values the many linguistic and cultural resources that our English learner students bring to the schools and classrooms of Mississippi.

Mississippi’s English Learner (EL) population is growing rapidly, with the state now serving more than 13,000 identified EL students. In response to this growth, as well as requests from districts new to serving EL students, we provide multiple resources for supporting English learners including: recorded webinars, guidance documents, and other resources designed to provide administrators, teachers, EL teachers and tutors, and other educators with information on how to effectively serve English learners and their families.

For questions regarding EL services, as well as requests for on-site large or small-group professional development, please email Sandy Elliott at Check back often for new resources!


Mississippi Seal of Biliteracy

The purpose of the Mississippi Seal of Biliteracy policy is to establish minimum criteria for Local Education Agencies (LEAs) in awarding Seals of Biliteracy.  For more information regarding the State Board Policy, Guidelines, and the process of awarding and recognizing students who are eligible to receive a Seal of Biliteracy, please visit the Mississippi Seal of Biliteracy webpage.

Tools and Supports

   MS English Language Proficiency Standards

Newcomer Kit

EL Webinars and Literacy Tips

Family Guides for Student Success

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Sandra Elliott

English Learner Student Intervention Support Specialist (Pre-K – 12)

Sharon Prestridge

EL Program Coordinator (Office of Student Assessment)

Dr. Melissa Levy-Jackson

Title III State Coordinator, Office of Federal Programs