English Learner Education

The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) ensures educational equity and access for English learners (ELs) through high-quality language instruction. We support local educational agencies (LEAs) as they develop, implement and evaluate research-based language instruction education programs for English learners to attain English proficiency and achieve state academic content standards. We facilitate academic excellence for English learners by promoting professional development, providing technical assistance, administering state and federal language education programs, and establishing measures of accountability.

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Multilingual and English Learner Education - Student Instruction COVID-19 Resources

Minnesota Standardized English Learner Procedures

The following procedures must be used by all districts and charter schools in the identification, entrance and exit of English learners.

Minnesota Bilingual and Multilingual Seals and World Language Proficiency Certificates

Minnesota districts and charter schools may award Minnesota bilingual and multilingual seals and world language proficiency certificates to certain high school students upon their graduation. These students are in grades 10, 11 or 12 and demonstrate the required levels of language proficiency on languages other than English, including American Sign Language (ASL) and American Indian (indigenous) languages. Minnesota State (formerly MnSCU) will award college credit to enrolling students with bilingual and multilingual seals and world language proficiency certificates. Students must request college credit within three academic years of graduation from high school and upon enrollment in a Minnesota State college or university.
  • Monitoring the Academic Progress of Former English Learners - 7/8/21
  • Assessments for Bilingual and Multilingual Seals and World Language Proficiency Certificates - 6/15/21
    Guidance on the aligned assessments you can use to demonstrate world language proficiency for issuing bilingual and multilingual seals and world language certificates.
  • English Learners in Minnesota Report - 5/18/21
  • Language Access - 4/14/21
    Language access is a civil right. This document describes language access rights to parents and clarifies language access responsibilities for schools and districts.
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  • English Language Development Staffing Requirements - 9/3/20
  • Form to Request World Language Proficiency Certificates and Seals - 6/3/20
  • Evidence Based Practices (EBPs) to Support English Language Development  - 6/7/19
    Stakeholders requested a list of EBPs to be used by districts and schools when selecting one or more practices for implementation in their school improvement plans. Use of this list is most effective if it is part of an overall continuous improvement process informed by a common needs assessment focused on your multilingual learner population. This list is not intended to be exhaustive.
  • Introduction to Immigration Law for Districts and Charter Schools - 6/7/19
  • A Parent or Guardian's Guide to School - 4/22/19
    The handbook describes and explains the public school system in Minnesota and the role families can play in their child’s education. It is a practical guide to help parents or guardians understand their student’s rights as well as the opportunities and resources available to the families and students. Note: The section on Immunizations has been updated to include exemption information.
  • Minnesota English Learner Funding - 8/20/18
    This chapter outlines relevant laws, policies and procedures related to state and federal funding sources which support quality programming and services for English learners.
  • English Language Proficiency Definition - 5/25/18
  • Recently Arrived English Learners - 12/21/17
  • Minnesota Language Education Delivery Frameworks - 6/9/16